Lesson 1 (from 1-5)
The novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy has a sparse, bleak feeling that the author communicates through language as well as through the story. From the beginning, the sentences are fragments, rather than the flowing writing a reader would usually expect. The purpose of this lesson is study this fragmented style and how it fits the novel.
1) Class Discussion: Introduce the importance of writing style to the students. Style encompasses not only strategic choices such as point of view and choice of narrator, but also tactical choices of grammar, punctuation, word usage, sentence and paragraph length and structure, tone, the use of imagery, and on and on. In the process of creating a story, these choices meld to become the writer's voice, his or her own unique style. As a class, discuss how the author uses sentence fragments and imagery to create a sparse...
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