Lesson 1 (from Pages 1-22)
The objective of this lesson is to examine the author's, Patrick Ness, life and writing. Learning about an author's background, writing style, and motives can provide insight into a book.
Class Discussion: When Ness writes, does he prefer to write to a goal or a set amount of time? How much does he try to write daily? When and where does Ness write? Why does Ness believe as a writer it is important to play to your strengths? What role does planning play in Ness's writing? What does Ness always know ahead of time as he writes? How does he write his novels? What does Ness believe about first and second drafts of a work? How long does it usually take Ness to write a book? What is Ness usually doing when he gets his best ideas?
Activity: Divide the students into small groups. Have...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3(e), 9-10.7, 11-12.3(e), 11-12.7
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