Objective: Chapter 1, Hiram's Hospital--Chapter 2, The Barchester Reformer The situation of the hospital and its money are established in Chapters 1 and 2, and the reader can see the major problem in the story: what to do with the prosperity of the estate, not foreseen by John Hiram. This lesson will explore the central conflict of the story.
1) Class discussion: Why has the estate become so prosperous? Why are there questions about what to do with the money? Does it seem like the hospital needs a warden? Why or why not?
2) In-class writing: Keep a journal while studying this book. Write in your journal about Bold's plan to reform the way the hospital is run. What problems does he see? Why does he want reform? Does he make a good point? Why or why not?
3) Small group discussion: Split the class into four groups and have them discuss what John...
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