Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1)
The perspective of Briony from the very start seems to be one to which the reader can relate - and one that the reader might feel is immature and childish. Today's objective is to talk about the idea of Briony as the storyteller in this manuscript, what it means, and what problems it might present.
1. Have each student share with the class his/her first impressions of Briony. What do they think of her?
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss whether they think a child can be a reliable narrator for a story. Why or why not?
3. As a class, have students list some of the things that happen in this chapter that make them question Briony as a character and as a storyteller. Does the class think these characteristics will affect the story? If so, in what ways? What might an older storyteller be...
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