Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
Part 1, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
These chapters set the stage for the rest of the book. The objective of this lesson will be to explore some of the possible foreshadowing that happens in these chapters and to discuss some of the possible outcomes.
1) Class activity: Read aloud with the class the part where the poor quality of Samuel Hamilton's land is described. Have the students each write a short prediction about what this statement could be foreshadowing. Do you believe that Samuel will be a successful man with this infertile land? Why or why not? What evidence is there in the scene to support your belief? Allow some volunteers to read their ideas.
2) Group activity: Split the class into groups and assign each group one of the characters in these first chapters. Have each group write a prediction about what they think will happen in this book...
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