Subject Area: Language Arts
Reading Level: 7.6
No one in her entire village can dance like Parvati. Graced with rhythm and elegance, Parvati is renowned for not only her lyrical movements but also for the strange events that seem to occur when she dances. One day she is selected by a great guru (master teacher) to learn how to become a great dancer. Parvati is torn between devoting herself to a rigorous program of dance, or staying with her family. But it isn't until she meets a sweet-eyed boy that her life truly becomes confusing. Above all, Pavarti learns the power of dance, devotion, and how one can never truly know his/her own destiny.
Students will learn about the use of foreshadowing.
Standard: Student understands the use of specific literary devices (i.e. foreshadowing)
- Write the word foreshadowing on the chalkboard. Analyze the word foreshadow concentrating on the word shadow. Ask students to think about a horror movie. Before the antagonist appears, the viewer will often see a person's or creature's shadow, hinting at ominous events that will happen in the film. Tell the students that this is the name given to a technique also used by writers to give the reader a clue about what is going to happen in the novel.
- For an example, tell students a story about two people who meet and fall in love. The young man gives his sweetheart a beautiful plant. At first the plant is magnificent and grows. Then all of a sudden, the plant begins to die. What could this foreshadow about the relationship?
- Have students reread the first two chapters and discuss how the storm foreshadows the death of Parvati's father.
- Tell students that they are going to create foreshadowing for one of the events in the story. To help students, you may want to brainstorm some standard foreshadowing techniques for happy and sad events. Students who are struggling to create their own foreshadowing can use this list.
- Have groups of students map out the major events in the novel. Go over the events and discuss them as a class.
- Tell students to chose an event that they would like to foreshadow. Have the students add in a new "chapter" before this event that includes foreshadowing. The chapter should not dramatically alter the events of the novel, but may answer some questions or show scenes that the author didn't include.
- Students should share their new chapters with a partner and have their partner analyze their use of foreshadowing.
For classes with struggling writers, have students draw a picture of their foreshadowing event and explain it in a few sentences on an index card.
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