Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Hometown)
The book is written in the first person narrative point of view because it is Bryson's own account of his childhood. The objective of this lesson is to understand point of view in literature.
Lead the class in a discussion of point of view in literature. Begin with a definition and a clarification of the different perspectives. What can the students observe about the point of view in this book? How does the author use the perspective as voiced through his own eyes? Have the students point out some examples of this perspective from THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID and share with the class.
Divide the class into small groups and have them explore the book from a different perspective. How would the book change if there were a narrator? How would it stay the same? Would it be confusing for an...
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