Lesson 1 (from Part 1, 1906-1923, Chapters 1-4)
Part 1, Chapters 1-4 give the reader important information that seems coincidental rather than related. This knowledge, however, will become increasingly important as the reader watches Wladek and William grow into adults. The author reveals quite a lot of information about the boys, their families and the settings. This relevant information is called exposition. Today's objective is to define exposition and to identify the exposition of Kane and Abel.
1) Class discussion: As a class, develop a working definition of the term "exposition." Exposition is introductory information that gives the setting, creates tone, presents characters and other important information. Write the definition on the board and have students record it in their notebooks. What things are part of the exposition? What is the setting of Kane and Abel? Is there more than one setting? Why or why not? What is the significance of the setting (settings) in...
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