Lesson 1 (from Prologue)
NEW ORLEANS - In this chapter, Annie's father buys a river boat and sets off to sail it down to New Orleans. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the city of New Orleans in comparison to the Dillard's home of Pittsburgh, and to discuss the impact Mr. Dillard's leaving might have had on the family.
1.) As a class, create a list of adjectives used to describe New Orleans. What part about the city was so alluring to Mr. Dillard?
2.) As a class, compare / contrast the landscapes of New Orleans and Pittsburgh. What is the same about these landscapes? What is different? Is there anything unexpected or surprising in this comparison?
3.) Do you think it was irresponsible for Mr. Dillard to leave his family and travel to New Orleans? Divide the class into two groups for a cross classroom debate. After...
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