Day 1

The Chosen Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

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    Apikorsim Discussion

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion


    To understand the role of Judaic culture and themes of otherness in the novel

    Common Core Standards:



    To begin this activity, return to the page in Chapter One where Reuven, as the narrator, explains what apikorsim means (singular: apikoros). This passage begins with, “The word had meant, originally, a Jew educated in Judaism who denied basic tenets of his faith…”

    You can lead students through a discussion by asking the following questions:

    -Why do you think apikorsim is such an insult?

    -How does Danny’s insult affect the mood of...

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