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Style: Defining and Exploring an Author's Stylistic Choices

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Style: Defining and Exploring an Author's Stylistic Choices

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English







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  • Students will need to have a working knowledge of the authors who are discussed in this activity. (See resources in the Websites section for Zora Neale Hurston.) The activity here uses excerpts from Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God; however, a passage from any text will work for this activity.

  • Make copies of the handouts.

  • Prepare for the think-aloud portion of this lesson with Demonstrating a Way to Analyze Style.

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