Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4)
The Big Sky begins with a seventeen-year-old Boone Caudill leaving his home in Kentucky. This lesson is about how Boone's family situation and his character traits influence his decision to leave.
1) Class Discussion: How old is Boone when the story begins in Chapter 1? With whom is he living? What type of reputation does Boone have? Does the class think that his family situation is one of the reasons he is getting into so many fights? Why or why not?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down three things that influence Boone's decision to leave home in Chapter 1. Afterward, talk about the answers and the major reasons for Boone's departure.
3) Partner or Group Discussion: What are some of Boone's character traits that are revealed in Chapters 1 and 2? How does his temper cause him to react to his father? Is his...
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