Document Type

Lesson Plan

Publication Date

Spring 2019


A lesson plan for teaching this novel to high school grades 11-12, community college, and/or college and university students. This lesson is planned for three weeks and three times a week, but I recommend that teachers revise these plans as needed in order for the lesson to fit their class schedules. Learning Goals: students will be able to identify stereotypes of migrants and refuse to accept these as proper understandings of people; students will be able to reclaim their identities using the novel as a basis for this outcome; students will learn to identify the different types of narration, how the narrator functions, and what is accomplished when the narrative voice switches in a novel; students will learn how we should read dialogue, and how it contributes to characterization; and students will be able to deduce information from unspoken dialogue.

Collaborative lesson plan developed by a Swarthmore College student, Ruby Guerrero, working with Professor Peter Schmidt, as a final assignment in English 052C, "Towards a More Perfect Union: Contemporary U.S. Fiction," spring 2019.


American literature, Asian studies, English literature, literature, narrative, postcolonial studies, South Asian studies, pedagogy, migration studies, contemporary literature, postcolonial literature, narrative theory, Mohsin Hamid

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