Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 – 10 )
The Water Knife is a dystopian thriller set in the not-too-distant future after drought has destroyed much of the United States. The novel centers on a battle between three southwestern U.S. states—Nevada, Arizona, and California—as they fight bitterly and unethically in obtaining rights to water from the Colorado River. Chapters 1 through 3 shift focus between the novel’s three main characters as they are introduced. This lesson focuses on the establishment of setting, narrative style, and exposition. Students will examine probabilities for future droughts, identify the narrative point-of-view, and analyze the information related to the reader in Chapters 1-3.
Research Activity: The Water Knife is set in the not-too-distant future, when droughts, wildfires, dust storms, and other events have left much of the United States uninhabitable. Following the reading of Chapters 1-3, conduct research on the potential for these events and the bleak...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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