Objective: Section I (pages 0-30) The first chapter introduces us to Richard Powers and to his writing style. This lesson discusses Richard Powers' writing, for how it reveals his strategies for using language to convey meaning.
1. Close Reading - Read the first few paragraphs, and analyze the writing style. How does Richard Powers write? What kinds of words does he use? How are his sentences structured?
2. Small Group Discussion - Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Richard Powers' style. When or how does he vary from that cadence? What does he place emphasis on when he varies from his typical sentences? Ask each group to report to the class after some time for discussion.
3. Class Discussion - How would you characterize Richard Powers' values as a writer? What does he discuss? How does he use language to describe characters, their desires, and their...
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