Lesson 1 (from The Country Stories)
The Country Stories
BARN BURNING - In this story, the reader learns about the strained relationship between Abner and his son Sarty. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the relationship between Abner and his son, and to discuss whether or not Abner was guilty of the crimes he allegedly committed.
1.) Class activity: As a class, create a list of members in Abner's family. To which members was Abner closest with? Does this surprise you? Why or why not?
2.) Class activity: As a class, compare/contrast Abner's reaction to the barn burning with Sarty's reaction. What is the same about their reactions? What is different? Is there anything unexpected or surprising in this comparison?
3.) Group activity: Do you think Sarty betrayed his father by telling de Spain his plan? Divide the class into two groups for a cross-classroom debate. After 15 minutes, add...
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