Objective: Dave knows that he and Beth will get his mother out of the hospital in a few days and she will be made comfortable at home, where she will slowly die in a rented hospital bed in their family room. The aim of this lesson is to examine the importance of family.
1) Class discussion. How important is Dave's family to him? Are there some members of his family that were more important than others? Does Dave display any bitterness towards any members of her family? What do the students think would have happened to Dave if he did not have his family around when his parents die?
2) List all of Dave's family members and write Dave's thoughts on each person. How did each one help to shape Dave's character?
3) Write a 500-word essay revolving around the following statement: Without the support of his siblings, Dave would...
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