Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The exposition is a very effective literary technique and plot element that introduces information into the story. It sounds simple enough, but when used correctly it can be one of the most effective ways of engaging the reader. In Flashman at the Charge, exposition is used in its traditional sense--as a way of introducing the setting, characterization, and main conflicts of the novel. Today's lesson will focus on the exposition in Flashman at the Charge.
1. Class Discussion - Have the class discuss the definition of exposition. Have them discuss whether or not they think an exposition is different than an introduction. How does exposition affect the plot of Flashman at the Charge? Does the exposition engage the reader? Why or why not?
2. Group Activity - Have the class break into groups of 3 or 4. Have each group discuss what elements of Flashman's character are introduced in...
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