Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
In many ways, Fix and Bert are opposites. As the novel begins, the author is using Bert as a character foil to Fix. The objective of this lesson is to examine character foils and how Bert acts as a foil to Fix's character.
Class Discussion: How would you describe Fix? What is his occupation? How many children does he have? How does he treat his family? How does he seem to be doing financially? How do others regard Fix? How might his friends and family describe him? How would you describe Bert? What is his occupation? How does he treat his family? Why does he resent the way that Fix seems to be doing financially? How might his friends and family describe Bert? How does the author highlight the contrasts between the two men? How does the author make Bert a foil to Fix?
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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