Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
"The Cider House Rules" is the sixth novel by American author John Irving. The novel has subsequently been adapted into an Academy Award winning screenplay and a stage play. The novel follows the story of Homer Wells, an orphan at St. Cloud's Orphanage, and his father figure, Dr. Wilbur Larch who, in addition to delivering babies at the orphanage, illegally performs abortions for women in need. In this lesson, students are introduced to the book, and will research and discuss author John Irving.
1) Teacher Lecture: Introduce the class to the book and author. "The Cider House Rules" is a novel by American author John Irving. Set in the 1920's continuing through the 1950's, the novel relates the story of orphan Homer Wells and his mentor, Dr. Wilbur Larch, an obstetrician and underground abortionist.
2) Research Activity: Allow students time in the beginning of class to...
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