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The Light in the Forest Teaching Unit
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- The preface of the book is a quote from a William Wordsworth poem, and Conrad Richter takes the story’s title from it. Study the lines of the poem and give an interpretation of how they relate to True Son’s experiences.
- Conrad Richter writes in the Acknowledgements that, “He can understand and sympathize with either side. His business is to be fair to them both.” Do you think Richter is fair to both the whites and the Indians, or does he favor one side? Why or why not?
- Based on the definition of historical fiction provided for you and the information in the Notes, what elements of the genre does The Light in the Forest contain?
- Compare how the whites and Indians live in relation to nature. Give specific examples of the differences and similarities.
- True Son frequently speaks of feeling like a prisoner when he is among the whites. Describe the number of ways that True Son feels confined by white culture.
- What is the significance of the massacre of the Conestogo Indians to True Son? Compare how the Indians treat True Son, a white boy who lives among them, to how the whites treat the Conestogo. Why do you think there is a difference?
- Has True Son changed by the end of the story? If so, in what ways? If not, how is he the same?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.