Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
As the story opens, Matty and Seer are cooking a meal together. The objective of this lesson is to make students aware of methods of developing characters.
1. For class discussion: Ask students what they know about Matty and Seer after reading the opening chapter of the book. Help students realize that the author uses the cooking as a means of introducing the characters rather than simply presenting facts about them. Ask students if the author's method of introduction is effective.
2. For homework: Have students write an opening scene of a story from their own imagination in which they introduce two characters. Students should seek to reveal information about characters through actions and dialogue rather than simply explaining.
3. For class work: Have students make a list of three things they know about Seer and three things they know about Matty from the introductory chapter. Make time...
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