Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 2)
The objective of this lesson is to introduce students to Jennine Capó Crucet’s contemporary coming-of-age novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers. Students will research the author, read Chapter 1, and discuss the narrative style and exposition established in the reading. Make Your Home Among Strangers is related from the first-person perspective of protagonist Lizet Ramirez, a first-generation Cuban-American who is, in this opening chapter, looking back at her life a decade in the future from the main narrative.
Group Activity: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Chapter 1 of Make Your Home Among Strangers. Discuss with your group members the information that the author establishes in this opening chapter. Create a list of details that the reader is given from Lizet regarding her family, history, and education.
Class Discussion: As a class, define and discuss the following terms: narrative point of...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 11-12.8
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