Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4)
Paperboy is an award-winning young adult novel by Vince Vawter. Set in 1959 Memphis, Tennessee, the narrative centers on the coming-of-age of an 11-year-old boy who suffers from a profound stutter. Chapter 1 introduces the protagonist and narrator, although it is important to note that his name is not revealed until the end of the book. In this lesson, students will research author Vince Vawter and the speech disorder called stuttering, identify and analyze the narrative style of the novel, and discuss the narrator’s sense of isolation in Chapter 1.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Vince Vawter and the speech disorder called stuttering. How many novels has Vawter written? What characteristics are demonstrated by stutterers? What are different methods of treatment today for stuttering?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Chapter 1 and discuss the narrative style of the novel...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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