Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapter 1 Something in the Forest | Part 1, Chapter 2 Jumper)
Part 1, Chapter 1 Something in the Forest | Part 1, Chapter 2 Jumper
Writers use description and detail to draw a reader into a story. Richard Preston uses detail to build anticipation and a sense of dread throughout the book. The objective of this lesson is for students to be able to identify the uses of detail in the book and understand how Preston uses it to create a sense of fear.
1. DISCUSSION: Read aloud the opening section of the book that describes Monet and his environs. As students read, they should make a list of all of the details Preston puts in the book. Discuss the following questions:
- Why would an author put in so much detail?
- Is detail more important in fiction or in non-fiction? Why?
- How does detail help readers envision an unfamiliar location?
2. WRITING ASSIGNMENT: Students will select ten instances of how...
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