Lesson 1 (from Part One, A Woman on the Street,)
Part One, A Woman on the Street
Homelessness is a serious problem in modern American society. It also figures significantly in this memoir, as the author's mother is homeless. Her homelessness occurs both as a result of the choices that she has made in rejecting mainstream beliefs about what a good life is, and the way that society can marginalize those who are different. The objective of Lesson #1 is to learn more about the causes and extent of the problem of homelessness in America today.
1) Journal Activity: Have students write for five minutes on the following topics: What do you think life is like for Rex and Rose Mary, being homeless? Do you think that it's possible that they really do not dislike their situation?
2) Class Discussion: Do you think that most people who are homeless are, like Rose Mary, happy to be homeless? What...
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