Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
This chapter sets the stage nicely, establishing the character of Raymond Shaw and suggesting that there is something very, very wrong with him. This lesson will discuss what is revealed about him.
Class Discussion: Describe Raymond Shaw.
Small Group Activity: What seems to be wrong with him? Why?
Class Discussion: Share the groups' thoughts about what is wrong with Shaw. Create a KWL Chart, listing what is known about Shaw and what the students want to know about him. Later, the students will add in what they learn about him.
Homework: Predict how his personality will influence events later in the story.
Lesson 2 (from Chapter 2)
After only one chapter establishing Raymond Shaw in the present, the author plunges immediately into flashback. This effectively contrasts the story Shaw told to Mavole's parents with the reality of the young man's death, and sets up the tension for the...
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