Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 6)
Authors use dialogue to move a story along, to illustrate relationships, and to develop characters. Parker uses dialogue in "Early Autumn" for all of those reasons. This lesson focuses on Parker's use of dialogue in Chapter 1 of the text.
1) Class Discussion:
a. How does Parker use the dialogue between Spenser and Patty to move the story along?
b. How does Parker use the dialogue between Spenser and Patty to create their relationship?
c. How does Spenser's dialogue show what kind of character/person he is?
d. How does Patty's dialogue show what kind of character/person she is?
2) Writing Assignment:
a. Write a brief journal entry explaining your thoughts on the effectiveness of Parker's use of dialogue in this chapter. Does it move the story along? Does it illustrate, explain, or create a relationship between Patty and Spenser? Does it develop their character personalities? Use...
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