Objective: Section 1 LANGUAGE - In this chapter, it becomes clear that many of the characters speak different languages and struggle to communicate. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the various languages used by characters in this novel, and to translate some of the Italian words to find deeper meaning in the text.
1) 1.) As a class, create a list of languages used by characters in the first section of the novel. What significance does it have that not every character speaks the same language? What might this struggle to communicate symbolize in the lives of the characters?
2.) As a class, compare / contrast the way Mantini feels about his struggle to communicate with Carla's feelings about her inept Italian. What is the same about their emotions? What is different? Is there anything surprising / unexpected in this comparison?
3.) Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 students...
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