Lesson 1 (from 1664, Pages 3 - 24)
1664, Pages 3 - 24
The Vermeers, as they initially appeared to Griet, were rich and successful. Johannes, the man, was intrigued by Griet's value for art and color. Catharina, the man's wife, was pregnant and appeared annoyed that Griet was getting attention from him. Griet was introduced as having a sense of humor and an appreciation for art. She was hardworking. This lesson will examine the introduction of all the main characters.
1) Class Discussion: What adjectives come to mind when describing the Vermeer family? What adjectives come to mind when describing Griet? How do these questions help to provide foreshadowing of conflict? Why do you think Catharina appears annoyed by Griet? Why does she decide to hire Griet anyway?
2) Group Discussion: Why are the main characters (Vermeer, Griet, and Catharina) introduced in this way? How does this introduction throw the reader right into the action? Why might...
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