Lesson 1 (from Pages 1 - 59)
Selection Day is a novel set in Mumbai, India, which follows the early cricket careers of teenage brothers Manju and Radha Kumar and their struggles with rivalry, family, failure, and success. The novel’s Prologue establishes a dark tone with the definition of “Kattale,” a word which means darkness in Kannada, the mother tongue of young Manju. This lesson focuses on the Prologue. Students will research the setting and culture of modern-day India, identify the narrative style of the Prologue, and discuss the tone and mood established in the opening of the novel.
Research Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on the setting and culture of modern-day India and in particular the languages and religions of the country.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each to read the Prologue to Selection Day. After the reading, discuss the setting that is established...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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