Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 – 3)
Philipp Meyer's The Son spans six generations and over 200 years as it illustrates the rise and fall of a Texas family made rich in the oil and cattle industries. In Chapter One, the reader is introduced to the McCullough family patriarch, 100-year-old Eli, as he recounts the early years of his life. Eli was born on the same day as the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Objectives for this lesson include identifying the novel’s tone and genre, researching the Texas Revolution, and analyzing the character of Eli McCullough in Chapter One of The Son.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the publication, awards, and critical response to Philipp Meyer’s The Son. What are the defining qualities of “historical epics” in literature? How well did the critics like The Son? Additionally, conduct research on the Texas Revolution and the Texas Declaration of Independence...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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