Lesson 1 (from Prologue - Part One, Chapter Three)
The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the exposition of the novel. Students will identify and analyze elements from the prologue as well as from the first three chapters in order to identify the main characters, the setting, and any potential conflicts and themes the story might contain.
The first few chapters of the novel introduce the reader to Alicia Berenson and the narrator, Theo Faber. The reader is introduced to the murder of Gabriel Berenson as well as themes such as deception, art and creativity, and silence. Finally, readers are introduced to potential conflicts, such as Alicia’s internal conflict involving her fears of losing Gabriel as well as her external conflict with him, as well as Theo’s internal conflicts regarding his childhood.
Class Discussion: Make some predictions about what will happen as the novel progresses. What potential conflicts do...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.3, 9-10.5, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.5, 11-12.10
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