Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)
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The first two chapters of After the Rain explore the relationship between Rachel, a teenager struggling to assert her independence and her parents, Manny and Shirley. She compares them to the more affluent and impressive TV families like the Cosbys. Her own brothers are older and live far away. Her parents still refer to her as "Mouse," which bothers her greatly. Rachel's letter to Jeremy shows that she knows she is wrong to explode in anger at her parents, and she later regrets her actions. This chapter explores the relationship between Rachel and her parents.
1) Written- Describe the current relationship between Rachel and her parents.
2) Small group discussion- Why does Rachel write to Jeremy? How do his experiences make him an ideal sounding board for his younger sister? What emotions does Rachel experience as she writes her letter to Jeremy?
3) Class discussion- How...
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