Objective: In this chapter readers are introduced to the main character, Tarwater. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the introduction of Tarwater.
1) Group work: Students will work in groups to discuss their first impression of Tarwater. They must write a short summary of their ideas and present it to the class.
2) Class discussion: How is Tarwater introduced to the reader? What words best describe Tarwater? What does the name "Tarwater" make you think of? What images does it evoke? What is Tarwater's relationship to Rayber? What is Tarwater's relationship to Mason? Who raised Tarwater? How was Tarwater raised? What does Tarwater think of his life? How does Tarwater respond to his uncle's death? Why does Tarwater spend so much time debating his uncle's burial? Who is speaking to Tarwater? How does Tarwater respond to the stranger's voice? Why does Tarwater ultimately burn the shack? Why...
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