Lesson 1 (from Prologue: Old Stories)
Prologue: Old Stories
Lee comes home to find his father and brother dead, his mother immobile, and his sister hiding. This sets up a premise for the novel that will be important as the plot develops. The objective of this lesson is to focus on plot conflict.
1) Class Discussion: Lee comes home to the family farm to discover that the Roses have attacked and killed his father and brother. Discuss with the students who the Roses might be, why they would attack this family, and what the leader of the Red Rose means when he says that Lee's father never should have left his own kind. Discuss as well Lee's relationship with his sister, Carrie's fate, and Lee's determination to stop being a bear and to become a dragon.
2) Conflict: Every plot must have a conflict in order to develop. Ask students to define conflict...
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