Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Death. As the novel begins, seven-year-old Julie Trelling walks hesitantly toward some neighborhood children standing at the gate at her house. Julie had last played with these children in August but has been sick with the same illness that has claimed Julie's mother's life on this October day.
The object of this lesson is to look at death.
1. Class work. Individually, have students write about their own opinion of dying - are they scared of death or are they accepting of it? Why or why not? Include in their writings how they think the death of a mother could affect a girl as young as Julie.
2. Class work. In class, have each student write a short paper about his/hers personal encounter with death. It could be a death of someone they knew or a death of a famous person they admired. It could even...
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