Daily Lessons for Teaching The City and the City

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Lesson 1 (from Section 1, Chapters 1-4)


The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the exposition of the novel. Students will identify and analyze elements from the first four chapters in order to understand how the main characters, the crime that forms the backbone of the novel, and potential conflicts and themes are introduced.

The first few chapters of the novel introduce the reader to the protagonist, Borlú, and the crime that he must solve. The reader is introduced to the odd setting as well as themes such as perception. Finally, readers are introduced to potential conflicts, such as Borlú’s internal conflict regarding seeing (and unseeing) as well as his conflicts with others as he attempts to solve the crime.


Class Discussion: Make some predictions about what will happen as the novel progresses. What potential conflicts do you see emerging as the novel progresses? How is Borlú in...

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