This novel study is easy preparation. Using it, you would not necessarily need to have read the novel to teach it, as it highlights the events of the plot and character dynamics and contains a summary at the beginning of each chapter. The book has some important social and psychological ideas about justice and self- worth, yet it is easy to read. It contains discussion questions and /or activities for each chapter.
The novel is about Renne, a cello prodigy, who loses his talent and identity, but rediscovers himself through participating as a juror in a the murder trial of lost soul Philip Weber and through teaching a nine year old cello prodigy, Kyung Hee Kim. Renne identifies with both Philip Weber and Kyung Hee in many ways, catalyzing self- understanding. Psychological, mystical and legal ideas are presented in the narrative, making it an informative and insightful book for students.
This novel study begins with a PowerPoint introduction. It contains lessons and chapter summaries for each of the 32 chapters. Included are vocabulary lists, comprehension, writing, discussion and research exercises.
Also included are student chapter presentation assignments and self assessment rubrics, so student presentations of chapters are an option for the class. The teacher's lesson will contain sufficient information against which to evaluate the students' presentations.
The teacher's chapter lessons begin with many questions and answers to model critical thinking for students. As the novel study progresses, the teacher presents thorough analytical points for student comment and response. Each chapter has vocabulary, writing and discussion questions at the end.
Culminating tasks include a class debate, an essay and a test.