I’m not quite sure what might fall under the category of “pitfall.” Students of a fundamentalist Christian persuasion sometimes complain about having to read the book, but I wouldn’t imagine you have many such students in your school. Apart from fundamentalist Christian beliefs, I know of nothing that might block students from considering the issues raises in the book.
Occasionally students find the premise of the book hard to swallow (gorilla as teacher), but I’ve never heard that this barred them from reading and understanding it. I’m afraid that “What must be emphasized?” is too broad a question for me to tackle here.
Presumably you feel that Ishmael is relevant to what your students are studying, and it seems to me that this should point you toward what must be emphasized.
updated: 02 Nov 2003