Lesson 1 (from Part I, Spring: Chapters 1 - 5)
Part I, Spring: Chapters 1 - 5
Cynthia Ann Parker is living at Parker's Fort with her family when the Comanche raid the fort out of revenge for treaty talks that have gone badly. Discuss this conflict that sets up the catalyst that will drive the novel's plot.
1) Class Discussion: The Comanche raid Parker's Fort because of treaty talks that go badly. Discuss what these talks were about and why the Indians felt the need to kill and loot the fort as a result. How did the white people offend the Comanche? Was the Comanche response appropriate to the situation? Why did the Comanche take Cynthia Ann Parker and her brother, cousin, and aunt? What purpose did they have for the white children and women?
2) Conflict: Define conflict. Discuss the purpose of conflict in a fictional plot. Discuss how Cynthia Ann Parker's capture by Indians helps drive...
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