Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 2)
Chapters 1 - 2
The time and place in which this novel is set plays an important role in the development of the story. War and the social climate of the time shape Phillip's life and attitude. The objective of this lesson is to explore what the world was like in 1942 and the affect it has on Phillip's life, personality, and family.
1. Historical Setting: With the class, discuss what was going on in the world in 1942, especially the war. Who were the major players in the war? What were the issues? What were some of the dominant views people held at the time in terms of societal roles, political views, etc.?
2. Physical Setting: The opening setting of the book is the island of Curacao. Locate the island on a map of the world and discuss with the class what role it played in the war. Why was...
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