Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The opening chapter sets the tone for the novel. The Kid meets both the Judge and Toadvine and learns the first lessons of survival when he is robbed.
The aim of this lesson is to examine how McCarthy sets the tone of the novel.
1) With the students, examine the opening chapter of the novel. What language does McCarthy use? What themes does he introduce? What do the characters suggest about how the story will develop? Divide the students into pairs and ask them to summarize how they think the rest of the story will develop. On their return, compare the students' ideas before dividing them into three groups, assigning each group one of the three characters: the Judge, the Kid and Toadvine. Their task is to write a short description of how they think the character will develop through the novel. End the lesson by...
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