Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Book 1: Chapter 1, The Nuclear Family: His Talk, Her Teeth Abstract
* The story begins with the family sitting around listening to Pa (Aloysius Binewski or "Al") telling his children the story of how he met their mother, Lillian Hinchcliff or "Lil," when she was a volunteer Geek at the traveling circus.
* It is revealed that Al and...
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