Objective: Carson begins this important novel with a sort of fable for tomorrow. Starting out in an idyllic scene, Carson shows us what life is like when it's in balance, only to change the story to what the world is already becoming - out of balance. Today's objective is to talk about the value of fables in our lives as well as the idea of storytelling.
1. Have the students rewrite the story of the idyllic world as they have seen it change during their own life.
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss whether they think a parable or a fable is more important or more useful than a non-fiction piece of writing. Why or why not?
3. As a class, have the students discuss what the value of this fable is for the book. What does it provide to the reader? How might this type of writing be...
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