Lesson 1 (from Part 1)
The narrative is similar to the true crime story genre of books written by the likes of Ann Rule. Just as true crime novels document the human story behind a crime statistic, the "facts" of The Andromeda Strain are fleshed out and revealed chronologically, from a human perspective.
The students will identify how perspective can change the meaning within text.
1. Homework. Have the students choose a paragraph or page in which the narrator is the predominant voice. Have them rewrite the paragraph as if one of the characters were relating the same ideas or story.
2. Class discussion. Discuss the differences in the story that occurred when the point of view was changed. Was it more exciting? More or less realistic? Did it seem to be a different story altogether?
Lesson 2 (from Part 1)
Characters. The author states his theme that crises are made up of human personalities...
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