Lesson 1 (from Prologue | Part 1, Chapter 1 Techno-Nomads)
Prologue | Part 1, Chapter 1 Techno-Nomads
In the first two chapters of the book, much is revealed or can be inferred about two of the book's main characters--Toby and Killeen. This lesson addresses characters and their attributes, traits, and abilities.
1. Whole class discussion: What makes for a compelling character in a novel? [For example, characters have known physical and emotional characteristics, values, beliefs, morals, etc. They should be "well-rounded"; one-dimensional characters are boring.] They have some sort of conflict with themselves, others, and/or their environment. More is revealed about the character over time, and the character evolves (i.e., character development).] Are characters all good, all bad, or a blend of both? How can you tell which character is the protagonist? How can you tell which is the antagonist?
2. Small group/partner activity: Use a Venn diagram or T-chart to compare and contrast the characters of...
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