Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The first chapter introduces us to Kennedy and also to his writing style. This lesson discusses Kennedy’s writing and 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 Kennedy 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 Kennedy’s style. When or how does he vary from that cadence? What does he lay emphasis on when he varies from his typical sentences? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.
3. Class Discussion: How would you characterize Kennedy’s values as a writer? What does he talk about? How does he use language to create characters and tell a story? Is he neutral, partisan, prejudiced...
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