Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Voice. Hillerman quickly establishes Joe Leaphorn as the voice of his new tale and treats the reader to a taste of Navajo legend, lore, and customs that enliven most of his works, placing them a notch above the average mystery.
The objective of this lesson is to look at voice.
1. Class discussion. In class discuss voice and the role it plays in fiction.
2. Class work. Have students rewrite a scene from the novel from another perspective and voice. How would the scene be different?
3. Group work. In groups have the students discuss why Hillerman uses Joe Leaphorn as the voice of this book and how this voice contributes to the story. Groups may present their ideas to the class.
4. Class debate. Have the students debate one of the Native American beliefs presented in this novel in various voices. Discuss how the change in voice changes...
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