Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Foul Ball)
Chapter 1, The Foul Ball
FRIENDSHIP - When the novel opens, it becomes quite clear that Johnny Wheelwright is friends with Owen Meany even though the rest of the kids tease him mercilessly. The objective of this lesson is to explore the friendship between the two boys and discover the meaning of this relationship for them as individuals.
1.) Class activity. As a class, create a list of reasons why Johnny Wheelwright may have befriended Owen Meany even though it seemed that no other kids liked him.
2.) Class activity. Compare/Contrast the characteristics of Owen Meany and Johnny Wheelwright. What characteristics might attract a friend. Are there any similarities/differences in the comparison?
3.) Class debate. Is the friendship more meaningful, or important, to Johnny Wheelwright or to Owen Meany? Divide the classroom into two groups for a cross-classroom discussion. After 15 minutes, add another complication: Who will be...
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