Lesson 1 (from Book 1, Chapter 1 | Book 1, Chapter 2)
Book 1, Chapter 1 | Book 1, Chapter 2
In the first chapter, the reader is introduced to the turbulent times facing France and England in 1775. The lives of the citizens in the two countries will soon be interrupted by the French and American Revolution. Great changes are about to take place.
The objective of this lesson is to understand the historical events taking place during the time of the novel.
1) Re-read the first paragraph of Chapter 1 during class. Discuss how Dickens describes the times in which the novel takes place. The entire paragraph is written with contradictory statements. Ask the students how these contradictory statements predict the storyline of the novel.
Have the students write a two-page paper comparing the contradictory descriptions in the first paragraph with the conflicts of today's world. In the student's opinion, how has the world changed since the time of Dickens and how...
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