Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1, 2 and 3)
Chapters 1, 2 and 3
In A Land Remembered, the main literary technique the author uses is flashbacks to tell the story of the MacIvey family. This lesson is about why Smith chooses to write the novel in this style and what it adds to the story.
1) Class Discussion: When does the book begin? Why is it important that the end of the story is presented first? What does it provide the reader with in terms of the plot? How will that add to the rest of the book? Why?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down 3 ways that flashbacks contribute to the effectiveness of the story in A Land Remembered. Afterward, talk about the answers and what the author's intentions were.
3) Partner or Group Discussion: What are flashbacks? How are they used in the book? Why does Smith use flashbacks to tell the...
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