This one-question interview activity provides a great introduction to many of the themes encountered in Yann Martel's Life of Pi--religion, science, zoology, credibility, story-telling, and survival.
Students enjoy the process of getting up and moving around the classroom to ask their classmates a single question and record the answers. After interviewing 10 classmates, the students return to their desks and analyze the responses to synthesize them into a conclusion of their own regarding the topic. Afterwards, they share their conclusions/results with their classmates in a short oral presentation. As you read the novel you'll be able to revisit the responses and discuss the interview questions in light of the book.
The lesson contains 23 thought-provoking, short-answer questions about themes and issues in the book and a worksheet for the students to record and analyze their interviews. I've created a blank worksheet on which students can record their own question (drawn from a hat or assigned by you) and I've also included copies of the worksheet with the questions already printed on them. Each worksheet is 2 pages (front/back)--so don't worry when you see that the lesson is 53 slides long; 48 of those slides are just different variations of the same two-page worksheet!
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