Daily Lessons for Teaching Water for Elephants

Sara Gruen
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Lesson 1 (from Prologue)



Jacob is introduced here, as well as the idea that a murder has taken place. Discuss this with students.


1) Discuss characterization. Have students define character and character traits. Have students discuss the characters introduced in the prologue and list their characterizations. Discuss the scene described in this prologue. Ask students what is implied about the death Jacob witnesses in this scene. Discuss Jacob's decision not to speak of this death for so many years. Ask students what this decision suggests about Jacob's feelings for Marlena.

2) Divide students into small groups. Have each group pick a character from the prologue and write a short description of that character. Each group should pick a person to present the description to the class without giving a name. The class should attempt to decide what person is being described.


1) Have students write a short essay that describes...

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