Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 4 )
A Man Called Ove is a novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman. Its narrative, related in a nonlinear format, follows the story of middle-aged curmudgeon Ove as he struggles to cope with his wife’s death and find meaning and connection following a forced retirement. This lesson examines Chapters 1 and 2 of the novel. Students will: research author Fredrik Backman; explore the setting of Sweden; analyze the character of Ove as the novel’s protagonist; and identify and discuss the narrative style and nonlinear format in A Man Called Ove.
Research Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author Fredrik Backman and the publication of A Man Called Ove. When was the novel translated into English? What awards has the work earned? What adaptations have been made from the novel? Develop a presentation or written paper discussing your findings.
Group Assignment: Assign students to...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.3, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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