Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
The first chapter introduces us to Yuri Herrera and also to his writing style. In this lesson, students will analyze Herrera’s writing and how it reveals his strategies for using language to convey meaning.
1. Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs, and write a short essay that analyzes the writing style. How does Herrera write? What kinds of words does he use? How are his sentences structured?
2. Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Herrera’s style. When or how does he vary from that cadence? What does he lay emphasis on when he varies from his typical sentences? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.
3. Class Discussion: How would you characterize Herrera’s values as a writer? What does he talk about? How does he use language to create characters...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.2, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.2, 11-12.10
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