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Slaughterhouse-Five Teaching Unit
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- Students will recognize and appreciate the contemporary anecdotal style of the novel. Specifically, they will be able to identify the following about Vonnegut’s stylistic use of:
- Short, simple sentences and imagery to create a strong impact.
- Irony and satire.
- Allusions to reinforce his ideas.
- Shifting point of view. In chapters 1 & 10 the author speaks directly to the reader in the first person, and the chapter in between is told in third-person omniscient. On occasion, the third-person narration is interrupted by the first-person narrator to remind the reader that the story is really being told by the man who had the experience and is now much older.
- A narrative structure that is not in chronological order but that follows the memories and fantasies of the main character, Billy Pilgrim. Because this novel does not follow the traditional plot structure of conflict, climax, and resolution, it is considered “unconventional.”
- Students will be able to describe each of the characters in the novel.
- Students will recognize Vonnegut’s image of confinement (a bug trapped in amber) as representative of the three settings where Billy is a prisoner of war, modern life & technology, and the Tralfamadorian’s zoo exhibit.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.