Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1: High School and Robson's Suicide)
This lesson introduces students to Julian Barnes’s award-winning novel, The Sense of an Ending. Students will research the author, read the first few pages of Chapter 1, and analyze the mood, tone, and imagery in the opening of the work. The narrative begins with fragments of memory describing visual images ranging from a hot pan sizzling in a cold sink, a river running backwards, and bathwater gone cold behind a locked door. The narrator then transitions into commentary on the nature of time and memory.
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each to read the first three pages of Chapter 1. As a group, make a list of the images described by the author as he looks into memory in the opening of the novel. Develop a creative project that explores these images and the mood that they evoke. How would you define this...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.4, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.4, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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