Lesson 1 (from Part I, Chapter 1: The Boy with a Skull)
The Goldfinch is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by American author Donna Tartt. The novel encompasses a number of themes, including grief, isolation, secrets, beauty, mental illness, drug addiction, fate, friendship, and family. The narrative in Chapter 1: “Boy with a Skull” is related from the first-person perspective of Theo Decker, as he describes a hellish week shut up in a hotel in Amsterdam and the events that have led him here. In this lesson, students will research author Donna Tartt and will identify, analyze, and discuss the novel’s tone, genre, and narrative style.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Donna Tartt and the publication and response of The Goldfinch. How many novels has Donna Tartt written? When was The Goldfinch published? What critical response did the novel initially receive? What awards has the novel earned? How is the novel’s genre defined?
Group Assignment: Assign...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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