Lesson 1 (from Scene I)
The first chapter introduces us to Akhtar and also to his writing style. In this lesson, students will analyze Akhtar’s writing, for how it reveals his strategies for using language to convey meaning.
1. Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs, and write a short essay that analyzes the writing style. How does Akhtar write? What kinds of words does he use? How are his sentences structured?
2. Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Akhtar’s style. When or how does he vary from that cadence? What does he lay emphasis on when he varies from his typical sentences? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.
3. Class Discussion: How would you characterize Akhtar’s values as a writer? What does he talk about? How does he use language to set a scene...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.2, 9-10.10, 11-12.2, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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