"Original and arresting….[Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers" - The Washington Post
A magnificent collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, DC, Lost in the City is the book that first brought author Edward P. Jones to national attention. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and numerous other honors for his novel The Known World, Jones made his literary debut with these powerful tales of ordinary people who live in the shadows in this metropolis of great monuments and rich history. Lost in the City received the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction and was a National Book Award Finalist.
Appropriate for grades 9 and up.
Lessons include warm-up activities, interactive activities to be completed in small groups, short discussion, writing activities and worksheets about point of view, character development, symbolism, and setting in Edward P. Jones’s story collection Lost in the City. The packet includes discussion questions, key vocabulary exercises, and worksheets focused on a close, text-based reading of Jones’s stories. All activities are intended to help students gain a clearer understanding of the technical devices employed in the collection and to give them practice in reading, discussing, analyzing and writing about short fiction and the technical and analytic aspects of fiction.