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Aligned to the AP Literature Short Fiction II unit, this lesson will help your students analyze narration in "A Rose For Emily," including narrative distance, narrativeperspective, and tone. It includes slides, a lesson plan, and a student handout. It is aligned to the following Skills and Essential Knowledge:
Skills from AP Literature CED
4.A Identify and describe the narrator or speaker of a text.
4.B Identify and explain the function of point of view in a narrative.
4.C Identify & describe details, diction, syntax in a text that reveal a narrator’s or speaker’s perspective.
NAR-1.J Narrators may function as characters in the narrative who directly address readers and either recall events or describe them as they occur.
NAR-1.K Narrative distance refers to the physical distance, chronological distance, relationships, or emotional investment of the narrator to the events or characters of the narrative.
NAR-1.M The narrators’, characters’, or speakers’ backgrounds and perspectives shape the tone they convey about subjects or events in the text.
NAR-1.N Descriptive words, such as adjectives and adverbs, not only qualify or modify the things they describe but also convey a perspective toward those things.
NAR-1.O The attitude of narrators, characters, or speakers toward an idea, character, or situation emerges from their perspective and may be referred to as tone