Objective: In the beginning, it's not difficult for a reader to see why Dorothy might want to get out of Kansas. It's gray, her parents are dead, and the only thing that brings her joy is her dog, Toto. Today's objective is to discuss how environment can motivate a character to do more with their life.
1. Have each student decide for themselves if they feel they could be happy living in Kansas, where Dorothy did. Why or why not?
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss the color gray and what they feel this signifies in the story. Why do the students think Baum decided on this color for the opening.
3. As a class, have students debate whether or not they think Baum could have still told the story well without the harsh descriptions in the beginning. How do the students feel the environment affected Dorothy? Uncle Henry...
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