Lesson 1 (from The Behavior of the Hawkweeds)
"The Behavior of the Hawkweeds"
This story consists of a number of convergent story lines. This lesson discusses the different story lines of "The Behavior of Hawkweeds."
1. Writing assignment: Ask the students to write for ten to fifteen minutes making two lists: one of how Mendel's life and work are described, and one of the other main events in the story.
2. Small group discussion: Ask the students to work together to find similarities and differences between the stories: of Richard and Antonia; of Mendel and Nageli; of Antonia and Leiniger; of Antonia and Sebastian. What threads run through the stories? Which stories are unique?
3. Class discussion: Ask the students to discuss the story as a whole. Is it cohesive? Where does the plot climax? Are there several climaxes? Do all of the stories converge in one climax?
Homework: Ask the students to write a brief...
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