Lesson 1 (from Story One, The Grandstand Passion Play of Delbert and the Bumpus Hounds)
Story One, The Grandstand Passion Play of Delbert and the Bumpus Hounds
The author has a knack for creating characters that are larger than life. The objective of this lesson is to explore the author's ability to create colorful, exaggerated characters by studying the Bumpus family.
1. Class Discussion: Who are the Bumpuses? How are they associated with the narrator's family? When do they move in? How does the Old Man react to them? How many members of the Bumpus family are there? How does the Bumpus' house transform after they move in? What does their yard look like? What unusual activities are they involved in?
2. Written Assignment: Write a character sketch for three members of the Bumpus family. What makes each of these characters unusual? colorful? exaggerated? humorous?
3. Small Group Activity: Discuss the author's knack for creating colorful characters. What makes the Bumpus family members...
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