Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapter 1 | Part 1: Chapter 2)
Poverty and generosity are major themes in chapters one and two. The girls begin by being upset that their Christmas will be lacking. Later, they learn that others have less than them and their generosity comes back to them in the form of a dinner, courtesy of Mr. Laurence.
The objective of this lesson is to explore the themes of poverty and generosity, which are established in chapters one and two. Define each one in various forms, such as monetary wealth and wealth of friends and family.
Break the class into groups of three to five, depending on class size, and have each group focus on one character from the opening two chapters. Have each group give a short presentation on how poverty seems to affect that character in the beginning of the book.
For class discussion:
How are poor people viewed differently...
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