Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
'Dalva', pg. 3-35. Abstract
* The story begins in Santa Monica, California, in 1986.
* Dalva writes in a journal to her son whom she gave up for adoption when she was young.
* Dalva's father, John Wesley, died in the Korean War; Dalva was only nine.
* Dalva's sister Ruth has been separated from her husband Ted for 15 years because...
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