Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The novel begins with Margaret talking to God. In the first chapter, she also communicates with her parents and grandmother. The objective of this lesson is to examine the ways people communicate their innermost feelings.
1) For class discussion. Analyze Margaret's prayer to God. Why does Margaret talk to God, not her family or friends, about her fears? Why does she ask, "Are you there, God?" What might she be hoping for?
2) Give students five minutes to list ways people communicate their feelings. Allow students to share their answers. Record them so the class can see. Take a quick poll to see how many students use the forms that were shared. Record the numbers. Are certain forms of communication more challenging than others? Why do some people prefer certain forms of communication over others?
3) Ask students to think about Margaret's tone of voice. Either in writing...
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