Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Part 1: Chapters 1-3)
Prologue and Part 1: Chapters 1-3
Bohjalian quickly sets the tone for the novel within this first section of the book as we see Connie agonizing over the possibility that her mother will be convicted of manslaughter. The objective of this lesson is to define the term "tone" and examine the tone of the novel.
1. Definition: Ask the students what the term "tone" means. Write ideas on the board as they are offered. Have a student read the actual definition. Offer clarification as necessary.
2. Class Discussion: The tone of the novel is at once suspenseful and sad. How does the author's use of words set the tone? How is Connie feeling? How do the events make the reader feel? What does the author do to build the suspense?
3. Examining tone: To enhance the students' ability to understand tone and to identify it in a piece of...
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