Lesson 1 (from Introduction & Chapters 1-6)
Students will investigate an author's purpose in using quotes from other literary works to begin chapters or entire works.
Janisse Ray's memoir includes several allusions to other works, including the quote from Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom to begin her chapter entitled "Shame" and her reference to a "family like the Joads"--a clear allusion to Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath--coming by the junkyard and being given help by her father. Students will study Ray's use of the Faulkner quote in order to see how a reader can find out about allusions and use them to illuminate the text's meaning even if they have not previously read the book to which the author is alluding.
Class Discussion: Why might an author begin a book or a chapter with a quote from a different book? What other books or movies do you know of that start out with...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3, 9-10.7, 11-12.3, 11-12.7
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