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Lesson: Before you read "The Road"


Author: Allegra Duda
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 10 - 12

Introduction

Students will explore a website about the apocalypse and a website with pictures from the film.

Goals

Students will gain a sense of the book's time and place.

Directions

Students will view websites and will make inferences about the setting and plot of "The Road."


Background Builder Background

Title: What is the apocalypse? URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/apocalypse/
Directions: Open the link in the URL above. You will be directed to a webpage that explores various apocalyptic beliefs. Explore the site before you begin your reading of "The Road."



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message: These words come from pages 1-14 and will assist you when you begin your reading.
Vocabulary Words:
glaucoma a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision
granitic unyielding firmness or endurance
apparition ghost
temporal of or relating to earthly life
opaque thickheaded
transom transverse piece in a structure; crosspiece


Activity: Visualization


URL URL 


Goals

Students will get a sense of the story's setting before reading it.

Directions

Open the link in the URL above. You will be directed to a webpage with a short synopsis of the story and five pictures from the film. What do you notice about the pictures? What can you infer might happen in the story just based on the pictures?




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