Objective: Silencing; Coyotes, Kittens and Conversations; and Taking a Life In this lesson, students will study the idea of egotism as presented in the chapter "Silencing". Jensen argues that Descarte's famous quote, "I think, therefore I am," is a sign of human egotism. After completing this lesson, students should be able to identify what egotism is, give examples of egotism, and argue whether or not they believe Descarte's quote is indicative of human egotism.
1) Lecture: Prepare a brief lecture explaining what egotism both as a general definition and as it specifically relates to the novel.
2) Homework: To show that they understand the concept of egotism, students should search for a quote, saying or behavior pattern that they believe illustrates this idea of egotism. They should write down what they find in their journal for a classroom activity.
3) Class Sharing: Members of the class should share with others...
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