Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapter 1-6)
Part 1: Chapter 1-6
Shadow & Claw is written in past tense with Severian, the main character, telling the story. The objective of this lesson is to define the term "tense" as it applies to literature, determine and discuss the tense this book is written in, and explore the effectiveness of past tense for this book.
1. Definition: Ask the students what the term "tense" means in terms of how a piece of literature is written. Write ideas on the board as they are offered. Have a student read the actual definition from the dictionary. Offer clarification as necessary.
2. Class Discussion: Shadow & Claw is written in past tense. The use of past tense is important since the story is told by Severian as he looks back on his life. Writing the story in past tense lends an air of realism to the story. When does the action of...
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