Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1)
Part 1, Chapter 1.
As the book opens, Weiner puts a great deal of effort into describing the setting of Daphne Major. This description allows the reader to gain a mental image of the methodology and scope of the Grants' research, and it provides a starting point to begin to understand the Grants' findings. The objective of this lesson is to examine the setting and to discuss its significance for the book.
1. Setting description. Write a couple of paragraphs that describe Daphne Major, including details that pertain to each of the five senses.
2. Classroom discussion. In what way is the setting of the book important? Could Weiner have chosen a different location for the setting and yet have retained the subject of the finches? Could Weiner have ignored setting altogether? Explain your answer.
3. Writing analysis. What verbal tools does Weiner use to give the reader a mental...
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