Far too often, when students work in groups they write the first answer that someone says and then move on to the next question. There isn't a lot of thought or learning taking place for the students who's knowledge is shaky at best as those students are simply copying answers.
These discussions are designed to foster and promote group discussion. Students will practice sharing thoughts and opinions on open-ended questions about The Piano Lesson.
Act 1 Discussion: 9 questions
Act 2 Discussion: 7 questions
Sample questions include:
- How does all the music in The Piano Lesson affect the storytelling? What does it add to the overall meaning of the play?
- Why did Boy Charles feel that his family was still enslaved as long as Sutter still had the piano?
- Who truly owns the piano? How is ownership determined?