Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2
Davey's father has died and Davey is experiencing grief for the first time. This lesson will focus on the funeral and the grief occurring around Davey at the beginning of the story.
1. Class discussion: Even before the funeral is described, how can the reader infer that the story is dark? What is the overall tone of the first two chapters in the book? How does the reader identify the tone?
2. Group discussion: How does Judy Blume show that Davey is distancing herself from those around her? What literary elements, like diction, are used to show distance?
3. Essay: Describe Davey's father's funeral. How do heat and discomfort symbolize Davey's feelings about death?
4. Homework essay: How is the family dealing with the loss of Davey's father? How has life changed for them? How does the funeral show this?
Lesson 2 (from Chapter 3 | Chapter 4)
Chapter 3 | Chapter 4
Davey's father is...
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