Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Elevator, Silence, Overweight | Chapter 2, Golden Beasts)
This first lesson has students re-examine and analyze the text and characters from the first two chapters of the book, looking deeper for information about the characters and making predictions about how the two chapters may be related to each other.
1) Ask your students to consider the situation introduced at the beginning of the book, in which the narrator is in the elevator. Have them silently write a brief, descriptive journal entry about the narrator's reaction to the situation. When they are finished, have them make a list of the descriptive words they used for this reaction in their journal entries, and pair each word with a quote from the book that made them use that particular description.
2) As a class, brainstorm what the narrator might be doing at this building. During the discussion, make sure your students back up their ideas with particular cues...
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