Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Luzhin is an unusual character, and his character drives his fortune in the story. The objective of this lesson is to examine young Luzhin's character.
1) Have each student find a phrase or passage in the beginning of the novel that gives information about what Luzhin is like as a child. Have each student read his or her passage and explain its significance. Discuss each passage and its meaning briefly as a class.
2) As a class, brainstorm adjectives that describe Luzhin as a child. During the brainstorm, probe students about what in the novel makes them think that adjective describes Luzhin, and write the adjectives on the board. After the brainstorm, ask students if they can group any of the characteristics into categories or larger ideas about the character. Group the adjectives according to the students' ideas.
3) Break students up into groups. Have each group project...
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