Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
The early pages of "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes" introduce the reader to the story's two main characters, Sarah Byrnes and Eric "Moby" Calhoune. These early pages not only introduce the characters, but also develop their past histories. Sarah Byrnes is the leader of their friendship; Moby is the follower. The dynamic, however, changes when Moby joins the swim team - at least Sarah Byrnes believes the dynamic changes. When Moby begins visiting her in the hospital, however, the reader sees the depth of Moby's loyalty. The object of this Lesson Plan is to examine how the author uses various methods to develop and flesh out his main characters, so they are "real" to his readers.
1. Small Group Discussion: Discuss methods used in character development. Are all of these methods equally as good in all situations? Why or why not? What plot lines dictate how...
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