Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1: Something Isn't Right)
Chapter 1: Something Isn't Right
PARENTHOOD - In this chapter, the reader first experiences Augusten's relationships with his parents. Not only are the parents and their parenting styles described to the reader, Augusten also explains some of the effects that his parents had on him as a child. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the nature of the Burroughs as parents, and to discuss their effect on Augusten as a child.
1.) As a class, compare / contrast the parenting styles of Augusten's mother and father. Is there anything interesting / unexpected in this comparison?
2.) Does Augusten act like a normal nine-year-old boy? Divide the class into two groups for a cross classroom debate. After 15 minutes, add another complication: How much of his behavior should be blamed or attributed to parenting?
3.) Which parent has had a larger effect on Augusten Burrough's life? Divide the class...
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