Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Chapter 1 - Throughout history, physical violence has been used as a method of communication. Jimmie uses violence to communicate his pride in Rum Alley. Pete uses violence to communicate his anger at the unfairness of the one-sided street brawl. Blue Billie communicates his self-pride through violence. Fader uses violence to communicate his displeasure. The objective of this lesson is to examine physical violence as a method of communication.
1) For Class Discussion: Is violence an effective means of communication? Why or why not? Would other forms of communication work as effectively during the street brawl in Chapter 1? What about the other conflicts in Chapter 1? Could physical violence have been avoided? If so, how?
2) Groups: Divide the students into groups of four or five. Have the students discuss whether violence actually solves any of the problems in Chapter 1. What messages are communicated through the violence? Could the...
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