Lesson 1 (from Preface and Part 1, pages1-24)
The first chapter introduces us to Haig and also to his writing style. In this lesson, students will analyze Haig’s writing, for how it reveals his strategies for using language to convey meaning. The tone and mood set in the opening chapters set our expectations for how Haig will us language and reveal meaning and create tension and the framework of a plot going forward. By paying close attention to the opening chapters, we can build a sense of what to expect of him as a storyteller, and also of what we can expect of his characters and story.
1. Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs, and write a short essay that analyzes the writing style. How does Haig write? What kinds of words does he use? How are his sentences structured?
2. Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.4, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.4, 11-12.10
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