Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
Introduction: In the introduction, the author explains that he wants to use this book as a way to shed light on the everyday criminal activities of the mafiosi. This lesson will discuss how these criminal acts impacted the society of the wiseguy's neighborhood and the ramifications that followed.
1. Class Discussion: In the introduction, the author hints that the purpose of the novel is to show how gangs impacted the American culture. How does the author present Henry and compare his experience to the overall impact the mob movement has made?
2. Class Debate: Have the class split into two groups with each side assigned a different position on whether they think the wiseguys' impact on their society was all negative or if parts were good. Give each group 15 minutes to form an argument.
3. Foreshadowing: The author hints on the impact that the wiseguys have on their...
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