Daily Lessons for Teaching Prodigal Summer: A Novel

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Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1, 2, and 3)


In Chapter 1, we meet Deanna, a forest ranger, who has lived in the Appalachian Mountains by herself, for two years. The objective of this lesson is to understand the concept of setting.


1) Class Discussion - Deanna has been attempting to research and protect a pack of coyotes in the forest. She is also recovering from a failed marriage. Why is this remote setting beneficial to her work? Why is it so important to her, personally? Is it helping her heal? Would any other setting work as well? Is Deanna possessive of the forest?

2) Individual Writing Assignment - Have the students write a paragraph on the cabin setting and its relevance in the novel. Does the fact that the cabin is in an isolated area encourage Deanna to have sex on the porch? Would she be doing the same if she lived in town and had...

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