Daily Lessons for Teaching Swan Song

Robert R. McCammon
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Lesson 1 (from Book One, Part One, Chapters 1-5)


Book One, Part One, Chapters 1-5

At the beginning of the novel, cold war era tensions between the United State and Russia are at an all-time high, and nuclear war threatens to break out at any moment. The President is forced to make difficult decisions, and the average citizen is forced to deal with the consequences. This lesson is about the threat of nuclear war. Students should understand the reasons for this threat and its effect on the characters seen so far.


1) Class Discussion: What is the state of diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia at the beginning of the novel? Why is Russia mobilizing for an attack? What is the response from the United States? What do the President's aides advise him to do? Is the "fighting fire with fire" approach rational? Why does the President go along with the plan?

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