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The Light in the Forest Lesson Plan
Excerpt From this DocumentBy using this lesson plan, teachers will be able to guide their students through The Light in the Forest, a coming-of-age story about identity and belonging by Conrad Richter. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- In The Light in the Forest, what word that True Son's white father said caused a reaction in him, and why? The word "Susquehanna" caused True Son to say, in the Delaware language, that he had heard his Indian father tell stories of how the white men stole the river and the graves of their ancestors.
- Describe the meeting between True Son and his white mother. Myra Butler called him John, and said she was glad he was home. She told him he had to make up for lost time, and continue his education. She gave him pants and a jacket that had belonged to his white cousin.
- What was the "Peshtank story," and how did True Son feel about it? One December, a group of Conestogo Indians who had converted to Christianity were massacred by a group of white men from Paxton, or "Peshtank." Remembering the story filled True Son with hate.
- How was True Son "thrice imprisoned?" He was imprisoned by being in the alien land, Yengue house, and white boy's clothes.
- In The Light in the Forest, what was Uncle Wilse's attitude about True Son being reassimilated into the white culture? He thought True Son still looked more Indian. He said True Son had been brought up as an Indian and would stay that way.
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