Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Setting the Record Straight)
The author spends several pages coming up with a definition for comics. Clear definitions can be very helpful to help people's understandings of concepts and objects. The objective of this lesson is to learn how the quality of a definition affects our understanding of the word.
1.) Divide the class into groups of 3 to 5 students. Each group will pick a concept or object and come up with a definition (no dictionary allowed!). Groups will share their definitions and their peers will see if they can spot inconsistencies or problems with the definition. Remind students of how the author noted that "the secret is not in what the definition says but in what it doesn't say."
2.) Flip through the dictionary and write the definition of a word on the board. Discuss as a group what is good about the definition and what might be confusing or arbitrary...
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