Lesson 1 (from Chapter One | Chapter Two)
As the novel opens, Harry steals his mother's television set for drug money. Sara allows this, and people outside the family even question why she allows such behavior. The objective of this lesson is for students to examine Harry's relationship with his mother, Sara.
1) Class discussion: After first reading about Sara and Harry's interactions, what did you think? Students may have been irritated that Sara gave the key to Harry for the television to be separated from the radiator. Others may feel angry because they wonder why Sara allows Harry in her home and think she should be more assertive. Some may feel sorry for the mother trying to care for her son. How does Harry treat his mother? He threatens her and steals her property. Students should see he does not worry about his mother. How does Sara treat her son? She allows him...
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