Lesson 1 (from Preface and Chapters 1-5)
Students will investigate an author's purpose in using quotes from other literary works to begin chapters or entire works.
Amor Towles’s chooses a Biblical verse from the Book of Matthew in order to hint at coming issues regarding class and power structures. The quote included at the start of Rules of Civility tells a brief story about an unfortunate soul who is thrown out of a wedding as a result of his poor quality of clothing. Indeed, the story of Katey Kontent and her journey through youth in the melting pot that is New York City, does delve quite deeply into issues of class, even within the first chapter. Students will study the author's use of each quote within the Epigraph section in order to see how a reader can use contextual knowledge about allusions within the narrative to illuminate the text's meaning.
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3, 9-10.7, 11-12.3, 11-12.7
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