Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Chapters 1 and 2
Luis begins school, first with a teacher who objects to having him in her class and next in a class where the teacher has him play blocks till she can figure out what to do with him. Luis says he plays with those blocks most of the year. Even when he begins to learn English, he simply doesn't talk for fear of being misunderstood. The objective of this lesson is to study Luis's childhood fear of being misunderstood.
1) Class discussion: In class, discuss the teacher's reaction to Luis when he first starts in an American school and how it fosters a fear in Luis of being misunderstood. How does she deal with having a non-English speaking student in the class? What kind of attempts does she make to help him? How does her reaction make Luis feel?
2) Individual writing: Write about the reasons...
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