Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Place)
Chapter 1, The Place
The first chapter introduces us to Helen Hoover and her writing style. This lesson discusses Hoover's writing strategies when using language to convey meaning.
1) Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs and analyze the writing style. How does Hoover write? What kinds of words does she use? How are her sentences structured?
2) Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Hoover's style. When or how does she vary from that cadence ? What does she place emphasis on when she varies from her typical sentences? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.
3) Class Discussion: How would you characterize Hoover's values as a writer? What does she talk about? How does she use language to tell her story? Is she passionate, restrained, wry, ironic, ingenuous?
4) Homework: Write a short journal entry that...
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