Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Monday | Anna | Campbell)
Prologue and Monday | Anna | Campbell
Realistic fiction reflects the society that creates it. An author explores prevailing social issues in realistic fiction, which is part reality and part fantasy. The objective of this lesson is to learn about My Sister's Keeper as a piece of realistic fiction.
1) Class Discussion: What makes fiction realistic? What issues are introduced in these pages? (e.g., Sara pawns an item to get money for an attorney; Jesse is a teen drug user; Campbell seems to be an ethically bankrupt lawyer...). How do these issues affect the story? How do these issues affect the main Anna?
2) Small Groups: What similarities and differences are found in these pages in how the story/characters deal with these issues and how we deal with them today? Do these similarities and differences help make the story more realistic or less so?
3) Individual Writing...
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