Lesson: Chapter 2 - The Setting

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to apply different learning techniques in regards to comprehension, character analysis, literary elements (character conflict, setting, plot, point of view), to make connections and reflections and to make inferences.

Lesson Plan

Do Now:

How would you feel if you had a disability that inhibited you from performing your daily routine? (i.e. not being able to walk, being blind, deaf, not being able to speak)

(Teacher Says)
Today we will continue reading Ties That Bind, Ties That Break.  While reading Chapter 2 think about the do now question and your response.

Direct Instruction:
I suggest reading the first few chapters together as a class.  Once students have a clear understanding of the setting and the plot I recommend assigning reading groups or independent reading so that the teacher can pull small groups of students that are struggling with reading comprehension.  

Guided Practice

After reading chapter 2, the teacher will lead a class discussion based on the questions that will stimulate interesting and educational conversation about the book.


  • What kind of person is Ailin?   How is she different from her sisters? Give specific examples.
  • If you were in Ailin's place, what would your reaction be to seeing Second Sister's feet?
  • How do Ailin's family members treat her/How does she relate to them?   What is her place in the family?
  • Big Uncle and Father disagree on several issues .   What are they arguing about?   Describe the dispute. (Foreigners, economy, school)

Independent Practice

Using Chapters 1 and 2 from the book, small groups of students will create a map of what they believe the compound looks like.


Based on what you read today and your knowledge of context clues define the following word:

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