Lesson 1 (from Records 1-5)
The format of "We" is not only a frame for the story, but it also helps readers to know the narrator/main character better. The objective of this lesson is to help students understand the journal format.
1) Discussion: What point of view is the story written from? What other features are unique to the journal format? Do we get to know the main character better because of the format? What about the narrator's purpose for writing? How does the journal format fit his purpose? Who is the intended audience?
2) Activity: Help students to recognize journal entries as a familiar format by providing examples of other novels written in the same style (Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Go Ask Alice; Bridget Jones' Diary, etc.). Discuss how this format crosses genres and can be humorous, tragic, etc. In small groups, have students read the first...
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