Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
A Long Way from Chicago is a composite novel, meaning that is it a book comprised of connected short stories. In the book’s Prologue, the reader is introduced to the narrator of the stories, Joey Dowdel. Joey, now called Joe, and is an old man looking back on his childhood and summers spent with his sister at Grandma Dowdel’s home in rural Illinois. In this lesson, students will read the Prologue, identify and analyze its narrative style, and discuss the exposition related in this brief introduction.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read the Prologue of A Long Way from Chicago and discuss the information related in this excerpt. What does the reader know about the characters and time period of the stories based on the Prologue? Why do you think the author sets up the exposition...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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