Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Part 1: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Chapter 1)
The Boys in the Boat is a nonfiction book by Daniel James Brown. In the Prologue, the author describes his first meeting with Joe Rantz, who will be the central figure of the narrative. Rantz knew the son of one of the subjects in Brown’s earlier books and the two struck up a friendship. Daniel James Brown knew after his first meeting with Joe Rantz that he wanted to write a book about his life and his experiences as a rower in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. In this lesson, students will research author Daniel James Brown, and will identify, analyze, and discuss the genre, narrative point of view, and tone established in the Prologue of the Boys in the Boat.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read the Prologue of The Boys in the Boat and discuss the...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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