Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 2)
This lesson introduces students to Kristin Hannah’s novel The Great Alone. Students will read Chapter 1, analyze the novel’s narrative style, and research and discuss the literary and pop-cultural allusions from the reading. Chapter 1 begins in the spring of 1974 and introduces protagonist Leni Allbright, her father Ernt, and her mother Cora. Ernt suffers from PTSD as a result of his experiences as a POW in the Vietnam War. He has recently lost yet another job but when he learns that his deceased combat buddy Bo Harlan has gifted him his homestead in Alaska, the Allbrights prepare to make a new start.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each to read Chapter 1 of The Great Alone. As a group, create a list of references in the text to current events in 1974. Discuss which of these events you know about and which are new...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.9, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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