Lesson 1 (from Overture)
"Overture" opens with details about the narrator's sleep and describes how the bedroom was an important setting for him as a small boy. The objective of this lesson is to analyze what the bedroom represented to the narrator as a small boy.
1) Class discussion: What did the narrator do in his bedroom before dinner? How did his "magic lantern" help him? How did the "magic lantern" frighten him? How did the narrator feel when he was called down for dinner? After dinner who sent the narrator back to his bedroom? How did the narrator's grandmother try to help the narrator? Why was the narrator sent to his room after dinner? What did the narrator do in his bedroom after dinner? What did he look forward to most?
2) Brainstorm: Students will create a list of their own of things that the bedroom represents to the narrator...
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