Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1 | Part 1, Chapter 2)
In the first two chapters of "Winter in the Blood", the author describes the setting to great effect, using phrases such as "burnt grass", and " the Little Rockies looked black and furry in the heat haze". The objective of this lesson is to have the students analyze how, thus far, the author has used the setting to set the mood of the story.
1) Class Discussion: What effect does the setting have on the mood of the story? Is it cheerful or morose? Does the author use the setting effectively or could he have done something differently?
2) Group Exercise: Divide the students up into groups of four and assign a paragraph or two to each group. Have the students in each group pinpoint the words and phrases that help describe the setting and turn in their work at the end of the period.
3) Individual: Have each...
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