Lesson: Realism

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to make predictions on what will happen in the novel.

Lesson Plan

Do Now
What do you think the future holds for you? What do you most want out of life?

Introduction
In a novel or short story, the climax is the moment when the central conflict comes to a head. The resolution is the point at which the central conflict is settled, or resolved. As in real life, resolutions are not always happy or complete. Everyone does not necessarily live happily ever after, and all conflicts may not be completely resolved. As you read the final chapters of The Pigman, look for the climax and think about the resolution.

Direct Instruction
Have student read Chapter 11 and 12 in groups or independently.  This allows teachers to pull a small group read with them.

Guided Practice
Teacher will lead a class discussion on the following
  • How do John and Lorraine feel and react to Mr. Pignati's heart attack? What strengths and weaknesses do they display during this traumatic time?

  • After John and Lorraine dress up on the Pignati's clothes, how does their view of one another change? Who faces the bigger revelation and why? How does this incident affect John and Lorraine's relationship?

  • Do you think John and Lorraine are wrong for even considering holding a party in Mr. Pignati's home? Do you think they should pay for the damages that occur? Why?

  • What is the mood at the party? John is narrating this chapter; however, what would Lorraine say if she was the narrator? Would it be different than John's version? Why?


Indpendent Practice
Imagine that you are either John or Lorraine. Then write a letter of apology to Mr. Pignati in which you explain why you are sorry and how much he meant to you. Be sure to use specific details from the novel to write your letter.

Closing:
Critics have said that the dialogue in The Pigman is so real, that the characters seem like real people.  Do you agree? Explain your answer.


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