Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapters 1-4)
The objective of this lesson is to make students aware of the purpose of a prologue.
1. For class discussion: Ask students to define "prologue" and "preface." Use examples to show how authors use a prologue to their advantage.
2. For homework: Have students write a prologue to some piece of literature that doesn't already have one. Point out that the prologue can serve any of several purposes.
3. For class work: Divide students into groups of three or four. Have each group come up with a list of details that are included in the prologue that they believe will be important as they get deeper into the story. Students should be prepared to explain why they believe these facts will be relevant.
4. For class discussion: Ask whether the author could have, in this case, simply identified the prologue as chapter one. Encourage students to support their opinions...
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