Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 | Chapter 2)
SETTING - In this opening chapter, the woods are established as the setting of the story. Not only does the audience get a feel for the woods surrounding the Baxter home, they also begin to realize the relationship that the three main characters have to their setting. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the idea of the wooded setting and to discuss the ways that the setting may come into play later in the novel.
1.) As a class, create a list of adjectives used by the narrator to describe the setting of the woods. What emotions are evoked through the description of the setting?
2.) As a class, compare/contrast Jody's relationship to the woods with his mother's relationship to the woods. What is the same about their relationships? What is different? Is there anything unexpected/surprising in this comparison of setting...
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