Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
This scene sets the stage for the rest of the book. The objective of this lesson will be to explore some of the possible foreshadowing that happens in this scene, and to discuss some of the possible outcomes.
1) Read aloud with the class the part where Jamal says he can't wait to save up enough money to buy his family a VCR. Have the students each write a short prediction about what this statement could be foreshadowing. Do you believe Jamal will be able to purchase this? Why or why not? What does this indicate about his surroundings? What evidence is there in the scene to support your belief? Allow some volunteers to read their ideas.
2) Split the class into groups, and assign each group one of the characters in this chapter. Have each group write a prediction about what they think will happen...
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