Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 4)
Chapters 1 through 4.
The novel is set in New York in 1865. The setting resembles today's cities in many ways, with congestion, pollution, gangs and urban crime. Yet, there are significant differences including technology, transportation and occupations. The objective is to explore this setting, including the similarities and differences from today's cities.
1) Class Discussion: When and where does the story of "Charley Skedaddle" take place? How is New York in 1865 similar to New York or other cities today? Do they both have urban gangs? Are they both congested? What are some differences between the New York of 1865 and today's New York? How is the technology different? How are forms of transportation different? What different jobs do residents have (for example, Charley's sister Noreen)? Would anyone call a police officer a Metropolitan today?
2) Group Writing: List as many differences between the technology and urban landscape of 1865 and today...
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