Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)
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The author opens the story with the tension between Palmer LaRue and his mother as he turns nine-years-old. The object of this lesson is to better understand this conflict.
1) Class discussion: what does Palmer's mother think of Beans, Mutto and Henry? How does she talk about them? Is this something unusual between parents and their children?
2) Group discussion: how does Palmer feel about Beans, Mutto and Henry? Does he see how different they are from himself? Is he able to see the truth in what his mother says about these boys?
3) Small group: what are his mother's motivations in talking to Palmer about the gang of boys? Is she specific about why she does not like them? Is she worried about Palmer? Is there evidence of how Palmer feels about his mother's objections to the gang?
4) Individual: how do the gang's gifts compare...
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