Lesson 1 (from Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805)
The Invention of Wings is a historical novel by Sue Monk Kid. The narrative relates a fictionalized account of the life of American abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Grimke, her sister Nina, and their family slave named Handful. Part 1, November 1803 – February 1805 opens with an introduction to Hetty “Handful” Grimke and establishes the main setting of the story in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1803. Objectives for this lesson include researching the author, establishing the novel’s genre and tone, and analyzing the setting established in Part 1.
Class Activity: As a class, define “genre” in narrative literature and establish the genre of The Invention of Wings. How are historical novels defined? What are the subgenres that are encompassed within this genre? Which subgenre would The Invention of Wings fall into? How many characters in this novel are based on real historical figures?
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Sue...
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