Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1 | Part 1, Chapter 2)
In Part 1, Chapters 1 and 2, the objective of this lesson is to introduce Helen as a protagonist and reveal her personality through her interactions with her cousin Penelope, her nurse Hessia, and the king Theseus.
1) For Class Discussion: Helen is playing knucklebones with Penelope when Theseus arrives to kidnap her. What attributes of a protagonist does she reveal in the opening of the book? Describe her. How is Helen vastly different from her cousin? How is her childish nature revealed in conversation?
2) Group Discussion: When Helen and Hessia are taken aboard the Minotaur, Helen demands certain things from the king. What does this reveal about her personality? How does this show that she is a dominant character? What risks is she willing to undertake?
3) Individual Writing Assignment: Helen is a strong character right from the beginning. From her perspective, how would you describe her nurse Hessia...
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