Lesson 1 (from Pages 3 through 15)
Pages 3 through 15
In the first section of the book, the reader is introduced to a thirteen-year-old boy who wants to prove his manhood by going to war. Students will explore the notion of a coming-of-age novel by identifying the youthful attributes of the protagonist which will change over the course of the book.
1. Class discussion: What is meant by the term coming-of-age? What does it have to do with growing up? What changes does it involve in one's perspective? What does it have to do with how one sees one's role in society?
2. Partner discussion: Brainstorm ways in which Jonathan is still a child at the beginning of the book. How does he view war? What does he believe he can accomplish as a soldier? What does he want to prove? What is his decision-making process like?
3. Individual Writing Activity: Write a character study of...
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