Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown

Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
Analyzing Flashbacks in Junot Diaz's Drown
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As part of our narrative unit this year, my 10th graders read select stories from Junot Diaz's collection of short stories, titled "Drown." One of the narrative techniques I wanted my students to analyze was the use of flashbacks in a story, specifically as a way to develop and/or move the plot forward.

For this lesson, students had just finished reading the short story, "Fiesta, 1980." I took out the examples of flashbacks I could find in the story (total of 5) and created close-reading questions for each flashback. In groups of 2-3, students analyzed one specific flashback, and then engaged in a Jigsaw activity to analyze the remaining flashbacks.

For each flashback, students answered the following:
-What specific events or emotions does this flashback describe?
-Which literary element(s) (plot, theme, setting, character) is developed through the use of this flashback? Explain.
-How does this flashback help you understand what is going in the story? Explain.
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