Life of Pi Plot Development


Performance Indicators:


P.S ELA-2 Reading Analysis: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

A. Evaluate the relevant themes and synthesize how they are present in the novel in oral and written responses.
B. Interpret the implications of setting and circumstance.
C. Analyze the role of characters in the plot in oral and written responses.
D. Analyze important quotations from the text in oral and written responses.
E. Annotate the text.

P.S ELA-3 Reading Craft and Structure: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of a text.

A. Understand SOAPSTone: Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Subject, Tone
B. Analyze the plot and/or design of the text, following shifts in time and place.


Life of Pi Freytag’s Pyramid Lesson

Following today’s class discussion use the list of events that you have outlined to develop the story’s structure according to Freytag’s pyramidal model.  You will not be able to include all of the developments revealed in the novel.  You are required to select the events that you feel are the most relevant according to Freytag’s model.  Select three of the most important events for the rising action while using one event for the other levels of the pyramid.  Your work may appear in the pyramidal fashion according to the Freytag model or you may list the summary in a linear style.  At the end of each summary include a selected passage from the novel (along with the page number in parenthesis where the passage was located). 

You may have to include a brief explanation of the event’s significance to the protagonist’s (Pi’s) conflict in order to clarify your selection.  Any assignment which you submit should include the standard MLA heading.

The assignment is due on DAY 2 of the syllabus and is valued as a reading assignment.  Submit your Freytag’s Summary on Turnitin.