Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 6)
This lesson introduces students to Fredrik Backman’s novel Beartown. Set in a small rural town in Sweden, Beartown follows a community that is upended when an allegation of rape is charged against the town’s 17-year-old hockey hero. The novel is related from the perspective of an omniscient, third-person narrator. This lesson will explore the setting, narrative style, and mood established in Chapters 1 and 2.
Research/Independent Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author Fredrik Backman and the publication and critical response of Beartown. What other award-winning novels has Backman written? What are common themes in his works? Prepare a written paper or presentation detailing your findings.
Group Assignment: Mood is the general atmosphere created by the author's words. It is the feeling the reader gets from reading those words. Assign students to groups of 3-4 each to read Chapters 1 and 2 of...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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