Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 3)
This lesson introduces students to Jason Matthews’ contemporary spy novel Red Sparrow. Students will read Chapter 1, analyze the novel’s narrative style, and research and discuss the spy terminology in the reading as well as the history of surveillance and counter-surveillance between the United States and Russia. Chapter 1 focuses on the meeting between CIA officer Nate Nash and a Russian double agent who serves as the Chief General of the SVR Americas Department, code-named MARBLE.
Group Activity: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Chapter 1 and discuss the information related in the chapter. Create a list of terms that you are not familiar with from the text and give each member of the group a copy.
Class Discussion: As a class, define and discuss the following terms: narrative point of view, omniscient versus limited narrators, reliable versus unreliable narrators, and narrative...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 9-10.9, 11-12.7, 11-12.9
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