Objective: After the townspeople find the murdered boy, rumors immediately begin to circulate as to the responsible party. The Black Hundreds accuse the Jews of killing the child. As the rumors circulate, Yakov grows very uneasy. The object of this Lesson Plan is to examine how rumors affect the plot's development.
1. Task: Break into small groups and discuss how the rumors being circulated by the Black Hundreds affects not only Yakov's tension levels, but his ability to think clearly.
2. Task: Split the class into two groups to discuss the concept of rumors. Have one group argue that rumors are just stories; therefore, they have no impact on a person's actions or emotions. Have the other group argue that rumors hold nuggets of truth as do actions and emotions. Allow each side to spend 15 minutes organizing their position. Then arrange a debate, calling on individual members from each...
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