Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1: "The Measure of a Man")
This lesson introduces students to Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behavior. Students will research the author, read the beginning of Chapter 1, and identify and discuss the narrative style of the work. Flight Behavior follows protagonist Dellarobia Turnbow, a 28-year-old housewife and mother of two who struggles with dissatisfaction in her marriage and her life. The novel is related from the perspective of a third-person narrator with focus on Dellarobia’s thoughts and actions.
Group Activity: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read the first five pages of Chapter 1. Following the reading, discuss what has been established regarding the main character of the story and how the story is told.
Class Discussion: As a class, define and discuss the following terms: narrative point of view, omniscient versus limited narrators, reliable versus unreliable narrators, and narrative tense. Is the narrator of this novel...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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