Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Moonshine)
Chapter 1, Moonshine
There are a number of different narrative styles the author could have chosen to write the novel in. The objectives of this lesson are to discuss various types of narrative and to discuss why the narrative style the author chose is the most effective (or not) for the kind of story she tells.
1) Class Discussion: Introduce the different types of narrative (first person, second person, third person, multiple person, alternating person) and have the class give examples of books they have read that use each. What narrative is used in this novel? Why has the author chosen this particular way of writing the story? Would it be as effective if written in a different mode? What are we able to learn about the characters, their ideas, thoughts, attitudes, and feelings through this narrative that we wouldn't if the author had chosen another narrative...
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