Lesson 1 (from Prelude, Chapters 1-5)
Prelude, Chapters 1-5
The prelude of "Executive Power" sets the tone for the novel, as well as introduces the reader to a botched military mission that becomes central for the plot. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the prelude of "Executive Power" and what function a prelude serves in a novel in general.
1) Focusing Exercise: Have students write for 5 minutes in response to the following prompt: "Why is reading the prelude of "Executive Power" (and any novel) important to do?" Collect their responses.
2) Individual Work: Have students read the prelude in class and then work alone and write down 1) what the tone of the prelude is, 2) what literary devices Flynn uses to create the tone, and 3) what key words (diction) Flynn uses to solidify the tone within the prelude. Ask several students to share their lists with the class.
3) Class Discussion: Discuss what...
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