This assignment challenges students to define foreshadowing and identify the usage of the technique through quote analysis in John Green's Looking for Alaska.
This assignment is made up of two parts. The first portion of this assignment tasks the students with defining the term, how it is used, and the emotions foreshadowing is meant to produce. Once the students understand the concept of how and why foreshadowing is used, they can move on to the second portion of the assignment.
Part II challenges the students with identifying foreshadowing in Green's novel by analyzing the dialogue of Alaska. Students will select quotes made by the character and use them to identify the elements of foreshadowing.
I have used this assessment as both an individual assignment and a partner assignment. The completion of the assignment took roughly an hour. We also had a productive discussion over the assignment which took us about 45 minutes. This is a great way to not only teach your students about foreshadowing but also to help them use their knowledge to identify the technique in a piece of literature.