Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Exposition is a narrative device, usually used at the beginning of the novel, that gives the reader necessary background information about the characters and their current circumstances. The novel "Thanksgiving" uses exposition to inform the reader of Megan's past romantic relationship, and give insight into how Patrick came to be in Williamsburg. This lesson discusses the use of exposition in the novel "Thanksgiving".
1) Class discussion: As a class, create a definition for exposition. Write the definition on the board and have students copy it into their notebooks. Discuss examples of exposition from other works, and compare the effectiveness of Evanovich's use of exposition to these other works. Discuss the importance of the background information given in Chapters 1 and 2. Would the reader's understanding of the characters and their present circumstances be affected if the reader was not given the background information?
2) Group discussion: Have students discuss...
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