Lesson 1 (from Rashomon, In a Bamboo Grove, and The Nose)
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the characters of the servant, Kanazawa, Tajomaru, Masago and Naigu.
1. Divide the students into four groups: the servant, Kanazawa, Tajomaru, Masago and Naigu. Ask each group to research the motivation, background and appearance of their character, and then get together with someone from another group. You then give the students a variety of topics relating to the three stories. Each pair should develop a dialogue between the two characters and relating to the topic.
2. Ask the students to contrast and compare the five characters. What are their similarities and dissimilarities? How do they link to the main themes in the book?
3. Divide the students into the following groups; the servant, Kanazawa, Tajomaru, Masago and Naigu. Each student should decide how their character walks and talks and then write a speech that introduces their character. End the lesson...
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