Objective: Part 1, Chapter 1- Very early on in the book, it is clear that the author has made painstaking efforts to describe the scenery surrounding Joel's voyage from his aunt's home to Skully's Landing. Not only does this detail help paint a clear picture of the transition that Joel is making, but it also helps set a tone for the rest of the book. This lesson will discuss the role of scenery in the book.
1. Group Activity: Have the class split into groups of four and create a list of the ways the author describes the scenery surrounding Joel's journey to Skully's Landing. After each group completes the list, have one member share their findings with the rest of class.
2. Class Discussion: What information does the author give to the reader about the local scenery of Louisiana in the first chapter? What tone might the author be...
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