First person narrative in That Eye, the Sky 1: Saying goodbye

Lesson
First person narrative in That Eye, the Sky 1: Saying goodbye
10 pages
Purpose
Learn how subjective, first person point of view can add richness and complexity to a simple plot.
Description
In this lesson we use the opening passage of That Eye, the Sky to explore how subjective commentary can turn simple action into a portrait of group relationships and personal beliefs. We rewrite the passage in small snippets, with worked examples that show the story transposed to a group of bike couriers in Nairobi and a revisionist telling of Little Red Riding Hood. There is a single portfolio piece at the end in which students can either write a new version of the piece, or polish their writing from the lesson.
Lesson type
Detailed practice
Genre / Topic
Growing up, First person, Foreshadowing