Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The novel begins with Kira, a teenage girl, watching over her mother's dead body in the Field of Leaving. This grim opening serves as a catalyst for future events in the story. The objective of this lesson is to explore the beliefs and traditions surrounding death in Kira's society and how they affect the characters in the story.
1. Class Discussion: As a class, discuss funeral arrangements commonly made in modern society. Compare and contrast modern funeral traditions with the funeral traditions of Kira's society. What might be the reasons that family members wait in the Field of Leaving with their departed relatives? Why might young children like Matt not be allowed in the Field of Leaving?
2. Group Activity: When grieving, family members often gather together to comfort one another. Kira is obviously alone in her time of grief. Even her uncle, who is also...
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