Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The author takes time in the first chapter to give details about all three of the Baudelaire children and what their traits are. The objective of this lesson is to look at the importance of introducing the main characters.
1) Discussion: What is it about the Baudelaires' traits and idiosyncrasies that makes them believable as characters, if anything?
2) Classwork: Give students a list of ten characters from the story. Have them list characteristics of each character. Open class discussion with the question, "Which of the characteristics makes each character believable?"
3) Homework: Have students create another character who could be a part of the play. In class, evaluate the characters for realism.
4) Debate: Have the students debate the fact that a character doesn't need to be realistic. Give examples of unrealistic characters and what made them work in their literature.
Lesson 2 (from Chapter 1)
The very first of the...
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