Objective: The exposition is typically the introductory material presented in the beginning of a story. It can include character introductions, the setting, and any other aspects that help create the atmosphere for the story. Carver provides comprehensive exposition for the reader in this story. The objective of Lesson #1 is to discuss the opening segment and explore how the exposition helps the reader relate to the story from the beginning.
1) Class discussion: What is the purpose of exposition and why is it important? What does Carver include in the exposition of this particular story? Do you think he should have included anything else that would have helped the reader relate to the characters' situation?
2) Small group activity: Divide the class into groups of 3-4 and ask them to summarize expositions in other literary works. Allow students to use the Internet, if possible, to gather information. Ask them to...
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