Lesson 1 (from Pages 1-41)
The first essay, "Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley," Wallace discusses the connection he sees between tennis, geography, and nature. In this lesson, discuss the thread that ties these things in Wallace's mind.
1) Data Collection: Ask students to make three lists on the board: Geography, Nature, and Tennis. Ask the students to speculate why they think Wallace is attracted to these three subjects.
2) Groups: Split the class into groups. Ask the groups to review Wallace's use of and fascination with geography, weather, and tennis. Ask the groups to discuss how they see all three of these working in unison. What connects them? How do they aid Wallace? Ask the groups to present and compare.
3) Class Discussion: Does Wallace see the weather as an obstacle? As an aid? Based on Wallace's description of his tennis career, is he detail oriented or does he see "the...
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