Lesson 1 (from Section 1, Chapters 1-6)
Station Eleven is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel. Related through a nonlinear narrative and several interconnected characters, the novel explores themes of art, survival, adaptation, and rebirth. Section 1, Chapter 1 establishes the setting of the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada, where Arthur Leander dies onstage during a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Objectives for this lesson include identifying literary allusion, researching King Lear, and discussing the narrative style and setting of Section 1, Chapters 1 and 2.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Section 1, Chapters 1 and 2. Discuss the setting that is established in the opening chapters. Where in Canada is Arthur performing in King Lear? What is the time period of the narrative? What clues in these chapters indicate the time period for the story? Collaborate in developing a project that examines the setting of Section...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.7, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.7, 11-12.10
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