Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, January)
This book consists of a collection of essays by the author/narrator and is organized in a somewhat unusual way. This lesson focuses on the overall structure and organization of the book, so as to provide a framework for reading and understanding the book.
1. Class Discussion: How is the book divided? What are the three major sections of the book? Based on the introduction, why is the book divided in this manner?
2. Groups: Divide the class into groups. Have the students review the chapter titles and discuss whether the titles alone helps them determine the author's purpose in writing these essays. Are the titles descriptive? Explanatory? Are the divisions of the book obvious from the titles? What if the chapters or sections don't appear to have a purpose until you actually read them? For example, how does a chapter entitled January relate to Land Ethic...
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