Daily Lessons for Teaching The Emperor's Children

Claire Messud
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Lesson 1 (from MARCH - Chapter 1, Our Chef is Very Famous in London, Chapter 2, Bootie, The Professor, Chapter 3, Reflexology, and Chapter 4, As for Julius Clarke)

Objective

MARCH - Chapter 1, Our Chef is Very Famous in London, Chapter 2, Bootie, The Professor, Chapter 3, Reflexology, and Chapter 4, As for Julius Clarke

The setting of the story is primarily Manhattan, New York. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Manhattan and its impact on the story.

Lesson

Lead the class in a discussion about local color. Begin with a definition and ask the class to validate their understanding by offering examples from the novel. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from Ireland during this particular time period?

Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the book. Could this story take place anywhere else but Manhattan in the early twenty-first century? Why or why not? What is it about the...

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