Create a family tree of Matthews' family -- such as Margaret, Ann, Isabella -- and trace his lineage back. Students may choose to trace the lineage of another person in the book and should share the family tree with the class.
Imagine that you are living in the 1800's during the time of Matthews' community. Students should write an article on the events and share an excerpt with the class.
Watch an excerpt of a documentary or film on cults and discuss the similarities and differences seen between the film and Matthews' community.
Hold a mock trial to hold Matthews, Benjamin or another in the book accountable for their actions. Students should have a judge, jury, and lawyers and come to a verdict on the case.
Choose one of the chapters of the book and create an ironic representation...
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