Objective: The novel opens with David riding on a train and remembering moments from his childhood. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the use of flashback.
1) Class discussion: Where is David heading? How does he feel about this train ride? What does the train ride remind him of? What happened the Christmas David received the toy trains? Why does David remember playing alone that Christmas? How old was David? What else does David remember happening when he was five? Which people stand out the most in his flashback? What events does David say are most clear from his childhood? What happens when David is done remembering his childhood? How does David describe the train ride after having his flashback?
2) Pair work: In pairs, students will pick one memory from childhood that David focuses on in "Chapter 1" and create a graphic organizer that illustrates what this...
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