Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
PRISON - in this chapter, the reader is thrust into the action of the story straight away, as they witness Lamar Pye killing a fellow inmate in prison. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the opening setting of the prison and to discuss how this opening scene propels the action of the novel.
1.) Class Activity: As a class, create a list of adjectives used to describe the setting of the prison. How does this prison image compare / contrast to the common image of American prisons in popular culture?
2.) Class Activity: As a class, compare / contrast the crimes that landed both Lamar Pye and Richard Peed in prison. What is the same about their crimes? What is different? Is there anything unexpected / surprising in this comparison?
3.) Class Debate: Do you think Lamar Pye deserves to be in prison, or should...
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