Daily Lessons for Teaching The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 125 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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Lesson 1 (from Pages 1 – 92)


The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller that incorporates unreliable narrators, nonlinear plot development, and dramatic irony to develop suspense and mystery as the story unravels. This nontraditional narrative style is highly effective in creating a mood of wariness and tension from page one. This lesson examines the perspective of main protagonist Rachel Watson in the opening sections of the novel: July 5, 2013 through July 10, 2013. Students will research and discuss the settings, language and narrative styles, mood, and genre of the book, as well as analyze the character of Rachel Watson.


Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read the opening prologue and the first narratives dated July 5, 2013 through July 10, 2013. Following the reading, discuss the information that has been established. Where does the story take place? What kind of mood and tone are evoked by the setting? Collaborate in...

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