Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Ready?)
Chapter 1, Ready?
At the beginning of Chapter 1, Ready?, the reader finds Eddie experiencing the horrors of becoming a teenager. Eddie wake to pimples, dandruff, a changing voice, and body odor as he finishes the 8th grade and approaches high school. This lesson will discuss what insight the start of Do Black Patent-leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? gives the reader about Eddie as an individual.
1. Group Discussion:
Divide the class into groups and discuss how the introduction of Eddie in Chapter 1, Ready? sets up typical conflict and turmoil for teenagers. What do we learn initially about Eddie and his current stage in life? What can the reader expect in the events to come? How does Eddie fit the typical teenage mold?
2. Class Debate:
Divide the class in two. Have one side argue that without meeting Eddie before high school the reader misses an important aspect of...
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