Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 5 (Pages 9 - 33))
Examine the significance of narrative construction.
The novel begins in medias res, or in the middle of the action. Chapter one presents the principle protagonist, Lisa Shilling, having a difficult conversation with her parents and being completely rebuffed. How does the presentation of this material at the opening of the novel draw the reader in immediately and make them interested in the plight of the protagonist?
Discussion: does beginning in the middle of action create more interest and excitement in a story, or more confusion and questions? Which element do you prefer, and why?
Lesson 2 (from Chapters 1 - 5 (Pages 9 - 33))
Understand narrative structure of novels.
Discuss the differences between Chapter One and Chapter Two; why is Chapter One presented in italic type face, past-tense, and third person perspective while Chapter Two is presented in normal type fact, present-tense, and first person perspective?
Discuss first person perspective vs third...
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