Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
As the story opens, Vernon recalls a photograph of his entire family, including his mother, on their way to church. The objective of this lesson is to make students aware of the importance of imagery in the form of photographs.
1. For class discussion: Ask students why the photograph is important to Vernon. Help students realize the photograph provides an image for an important memory, specifically how his mother looked.
2. For class work: Break students into small groups. Have each come up with another example of an important image from a literary work. Each group should be prepared to explain why that image is so important.
3. For homework: Have students bring a photograph that depicts some important moment in their lives or the lives of their family. Make time for students to share the photos. As an alternative, have students bring their favorite family vacation picture...
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