The attacks were such an established pastime that the youths, who have pleaded not guilty, had a casual and derogatory term for it, "beaner hopping."
Lesson Plan Ideas:
If you are a teacher looking to incorporate more oral reading into your classroom, LIE offers an excellent opportunity for a readers theater activity:
1. You need at least two (maybe three) copies of the novel.
2. Split the novel into parts. There are ten narrators. When you split the novel, number the sections, which will make keeping the order easier.
3. Assign parts. Okay, with ten characters and a class of 30, you'll want to assign more than one student to some characters.
4. Have the students "cut" the sections. This will be complicated by the dialogue in some sections, but it's very doable, especially if in the cutting process some parts get reassigned.
5. The performance can take several forms:
One: Practice and present a traditional readers theater.
Two: Create a news broadcast and edit the "scenes" to create a traditional news segment.
Three: Record the scenes in documentary style.
In my last post, I offered a lesson for teaching the refutative speech. Rather than focusing on a policy issue, LIE offers an opportunity for debating a value question: Should friends remain loyal to their friends regardless of the circumstances?
Focus on the multiple first-person narratives in LIE. One way to do this is with body biographies, another is with students explaining character choices from the specific character's point of view, either in writing or in an oral presentation.
As a fan of multiple narrative voices, such as Faulkner uses in The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying and Absalom, Absalom!, I'm excited about a YA novel that introduces students to a difficult narrative form. Why did Bock choose to tell the story from ten points of view? This question would make a provocative fish-bowl discussion.
The definition essay is my favorite expository mode, and LIE raises questions about many terms on which students could write extended definitions: loyalty, moral code, hate crime, heroism are just a few.
*Do you know titles of other YA novels with multiple first-person narrators? I'd like to hear about them if you do. Thanks for reading and sharing.