Think, Pair, Share: Review students’ posts in online discussion from ch. 11–13.
Have students discuss in Think, Pair, Share structure or another method for students building confidence in their responses before attempting whole-class discussion.
RL.9–10.1–6; RL.9–10.10; L.9–10.1–6
Introduce vocabulary lists for Ch. 13–18
Chapter 14 starts with landlocked salmon, the size of trout, in Tom Creek (at the millpond and upstream). Some of them get out and migrate to sea, but then can’t get back. How does the life-cycle of these salmon relate to the town of Calamus and to Wade, Jesse, and Lorna in particular?
- View chinook salmon spawning in this 9 minute YouTube video.
- Read about spawning practices and how it works in this article.
Discuss Link’s reverse Darwinism: unnatural selection. The stunted and spiritless salmon upstream from the millpond spillway are the same, genetically, as the ones who risk the trip out to sea and back. The ones who don’t make the trip will survive but get smaller with each generation; “survival of the timid.”
- How could this be used as a metaphor regarding aspects of our current culture?
Why does Lorna hate Calamus so much? Why does Wade like it so much? Given their differences, how could these two be so in love with each other?
W.9–10.1, 2, 4, 6–10; RL.9–10.1-10; SL.9–10.5; L.9–10.1