Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapters 1-4)
In this lesson, students will examine how the author uses the reoccurring theme of stereotyping.
Karen M. McManus wrote the narrators in One of Us Is Lying as seemingly stereotypical. That assumption affects how the characters are presented as well as how the story unfolds.
Class Discussion: What is a stereotype? Which stereotypes are the main characters represented as? How does the author use the novel’s narrators to set up the stereotypical characters? Is this an effective method? Why or why not?
Small Group Activity: Simon says that Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper are, “all walking teen-movie stereotypes" (11). Locate the quote in the book. Make a chart with the students’ names and the title Simon dubbed them. Come up with at least three synonyms for each stereotype. Circle the stereotypes that are the most common in young adult fiction.
Written Activity: Nate’s dad...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.2, 9-10.10, 11-12.2, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.2, 11-12.2
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