Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapters 1-2)
Part 1: Chapters 1-2
Emily and Sarah's lives are forever changed by their parent's divorce. This novel begins in the 1930s, a time when divorce was less common. As a result, Sarah and Emily split their time between visiting with their mother, Pookie, and their father, Walter. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the environments that Emily and Sarah are placed into as a result of their parent's divorce.
1) Class Activity: As a class, research the idea of nature vs. nurture. What does nature signify? What does nurture signify? How can this idea be applied to The Easter Parade?
2) Class Discussion: As a class, discuss the effects of divorce on Emily and Sarah. Is the fact that they are children when the divorce occurs important? What do students feel that the author's intentions are by making Emily and Sarah children of divorce? Make sure...
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