Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, "The Sign")
This lesson introduces students to Elizabeth Strout’s novel of related stories, Anything Is Possible. This book of interconnected short stories follows characters that originally appeared in Strout’s bestselling novel My Name is Lucy Barton. Students will research the author and the prior novel, identify the genre of Anything Is Possible, and discuss common themes in Strout’s works.
Research Assignment: Conduct research on author Elizabeth Strout and the novel My Name is Lucy Barton. What have critics written about Strout’s works?
Group Activity: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, discuss your research and prepare a presentation that examines the author. How many works has Elizabeth Strout written? What are common themes in her works?
Class Discussion: As a class, discuss the plot, characters, settings, and themes in My Name is Lucy Barton. Who is Lucy Barton? Who are...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 9-10.8, 11-12.7, 11-12.8
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