Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapters 1-4)
Students will analyze how Hernan Diaz brings together elements within the exposition stage of In the Distance in order to set up a complex world that will serve multiple functions as the novel progresses.
Plot development is an incredibly important and multifaceted element of any novel, and Hernan Diaz’s novel In the Distance is no exception. Diaz’s effective use of the exposition phase is crucial to setting up major themes of the work, in this case laying the framework for theme inclusions such as compassion, the power of observation, and redemption. By analyzing the exposition phase, students can gain a greater understanding of how the exposition phase works and the purpose an author has when including certain elements in the exposition phase.
Class Discussion: What are the five stages within a narrative's plot development arc? What is the purpose of each one? What...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.4, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.4, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.5, 11-12.5
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