Objective: "On the Quai at Smyrna" This chapter addresses the subject of human beings leaving one place for another either through duty or a frantic escape. The objective of this lesson is to understand the nature of transitions.
1) Lead the class in a discussion about transitions. Begin with a definition of the term and ask students for their impressions of what transitions mean. What were the circumstances of the people who are desperately trying to evacuate in this story? What were their fears? What was unknown to them? Ask the students to put themselves in the places of the evacuees. How would they have felt in this situation? What do they think they could have done differently, if anything, to gain some control over their transition? Explain.
Extend the discussion on another day by asking the students to talk about times in their lives when they experienced...
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