Death Penalty Debate
Divide the class into two groups and have a debate about whether a person like Lester Ballard should be put to death. Is he clearly insane, or does he seem to understand what he is doing? Make sure the class understands the parameters for the insanity defense in this country.
Have each student bring in a song that reminds them of Lester Ballard. Play them in class, having each student explain first why they chose the song.
Offer extra credit to any man in class willing to put together an ensemble based upon the description McCarthy gives of how Ballard is dressed the day he tries to kill Greer. Push the young man not to merely put on a dress and wig, but also to dirty his face and outfit and put blood around the fright wig (since it is a human...
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