Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The character of Jimmie Blacksmith is introduced as a "half-breed" who has recently married a white woman. His uncle, Tabidgi Jackie Smolders, sets out to protect Jimmie from his white marriage. As the novel is mainly set in "white society," this chapter serves to give the reader a glimpse of Jimmie's life with the Mungindi tribe. This lesson discusses the author's use of exposition.
1) Class discussion:
a) What does exposition mean? Work out a definition with the students of what exposition is, and try to come up with other novels that have been read in class that have used exposition effectively.
b) What does the reader learn about Jimmie's past in the first paragraph? What does the reader learn about Jimmie's relationship with Tabidgi and the Mungindi tribe? Does the author hint at any struggles or problems that Jimmie faced that might still be affecting...
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