Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The opening of the story begins with the introduction of our narrator - Gene Forrester. He is looking back on his youth and how his life has changed since his time at Devon. Today's objective is to discuss the role of perspective and how it might affect the story at hand.
1. Have each student decide whether they think Gene's perspective seems like it's a mature or an immature one from this first chapter's contents. Why do they answer the way they do?
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss what they think Devon will be like, based on what they know from Gene's perspective thus far.
3. As a class, have students discuss the importance of the narrator in the story. What does a narrator need to provide for the reader? What makes a reliable narrator? What makes for an unreliable narrator? What category does Gene seem...
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