Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Part 1 (pp. 3-18))
The narrator shifts between past and present in a very poetic way. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the effectiveness of this technique.
1) Writing assignment: In their journals, students should respond to the following prompt: What makes reading this novel most difficult for you? Why? Students should have an opportunity to share their responses with the class.
2) Class discussion: Who are the Graces? When did the narrator meet them? How does the narrator describe meeting the Graces? When did the narrator visit the doctor with his wife? How does he describe this? Who is Colonel Blunden? When did the narrator meet him? How does the narrator describe Colonel Blunden? How can you tell when the narrator is switching who he is talking about? How can you tell when the narrator is talking about a different time in his life?
3) Pair work: In pairs...
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