Lesson: Chapter 3 - Comparing and Contrasting Characters
How does going to school open up new opportunities and horizons?
Today we will continue reading Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Before we begin let's review what we've learned thus far about the main characters and let's try to make a prediction on what we think is going to happen in chapter 3 and 4.
I suggest making this the last chapter that students read as a whole class. Assign reading groups or have students read the chapter independently
After reading chapter 3, the teacher will lead a class discussion based on the questions that will stimulate interesting and educational conversation about the book.
- In Chinese culture, why was it so important for women to have their feet bound?
- "Someday you will have to pay a price for that." (p. 33) What does Mother mean by that?
- Why do you think that Father is more liberal than the rest of the men in his family? What conflict does this create within the family?
EXPOSITORY ESSAY: Have students write an in class essay ( maximum 3 paragraphs) on the following topic. Allow them to share out their responses with classmates.
How is the old Chinese practice of foot binding different or similar to today's practices of beautification and conformity, such as plastic surgery, hair transplants, or weight issues?
Why is the setting of this novel so important to understanding the meaning?
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