Daily Lessons for Teaching The Counterlife

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Lesson 1 (from Part 1 Basel, pages 3-13)


Part 1 Basel, pages 3-13

The beginning of the novel engages in a third person narrative, showing readers the set up of the narration of the novel. The objective of this lesson is to learn the role of narration in the story.


1) Class Discussion: The opening narrative is shown in italics. There is no reason why the story begins in this way. Does this cause confusion in the readers? What might be the reason for this? How does this opening narrative cause foreshadowing?

2) Partner Discussion: The novel begins with the third person narrative about Henry Zuckerman. Why is the novel in third person? What are the pros and cons of this type of narrative?

3) Journal Writing: Write a paragraph or two in a journal responding to the following. Discuss the role of narration in the novel and how it is used. Cite two or three examples...

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