Objective: Chapters One through Five In Chapter 1, Huxley pointed out that her parents had different views of fellow settlers who dreamed big--Tilly claimed they were fools, while Robin viewed them as romantics. In this lesson, students will consider the differences between romantics and fools.
1. Class Discussion: Why were the Orams so eager to pick up and move so many times? Why did they object to having neighbors? What specific concerns did Henry Oram have about what would arrive soon after more settlers? How did Elspeth view the Orams? Did she seem to appreciate their longing for Earth's wild places?
2. Partner Activity: Pair up with another student and discuss whether Robin or Tilly had a more accurate view of the Orams. Were they, as Tilly said, fools who did not know how to be satisfied with what they had? Why was Tilly so offended by Mrs. Oram's dismissal...
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