Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 - 3)
The Maze Runner is a young adult dystopian science fiction novel by James Dashner; it is the first novel of a trilogy by the same name. In the first three chapters, the reader is introduced to Thomas, a boy who remembers only his first name as he ascends in an elevator and finds himself in a large courtyard surrounded by boys. Objectives for this lesson include researching author James Dashner, identifying the genre, tone, and narrative style of the novel, and discussing the exposition revealed in Chapters One through Three.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author James Dashner and the publication and genre of The Maze Runner. How many novels has the author written? What genres is he notable for? How did the Maze Runner fare critically upon publication?
Group Assignment: Assign students to small groups of 3-4 each. As a group, develop an original...
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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