Objective: The author spends a great deal of the first chapter explaining why people never expected an invasion from Mars. This set up a major theme of the novel: Humans and the English in particular, feel superior to others and immune to outside attack. In this lesson, the students will describe the reasons why humans feel superior, and examine the author's treatment of this theme in the first chapter.
1) Tasks, Ideas, Challenges, and Homework
1) Class Discussion: Why do humans never expect the invasion from Mars? Why do humans feel there could not be life on Mars? What evidence is there in the book so far that humans feel superior to any other races that could exist?
2) Pairs Activity: Make a list of the reasons the English, in particular, felt superior to those of other nationalities. Use evidence from the story.
3) Debate: The author asks, "Are we such...
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