Day 4

The Girl on the Train Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How is Rachel's session with Dr. Kamal Abdic different than expected?

    Most student responses will cluster around two central themes:

    1. Rachel went to see Dr. Kamal Abdic in the belief that he is a murderer. She fully expects to hate him. However, she finds it difficult not to like him.
    2. Rachel ends up confiding many of her troubles in Dr. Abdic, getting an actual therapy session out of her appointment--which was not why she made the appointment.
  2. 2

    What role do Rachel's dreams play in this story?

    Rachel has a lot of dreams in todays chapters. Ask the students to find the following in Rachel's dreams:

    • symbolic references
    • clues to Rachel's emotional state
    • ...

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