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Analyze the use of balanced sentences and parallelism in a narrative. Included in this resource is a narrative about serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan titled, "The Train Ride Home". Middle and high schoolers review vocabulary and employ the techniques taught in order to write grammatically correct, balanced sentences.
Young scholars examine the story for use of balanced sentences and parallelism-two literary devices-and then practice using those devices in writing of their own. They combine the simple sentences grammatically into one correct sentence. A. I went to the bank. B. I drove to the mall. C. I returned to my house.
Students examine the author's lively text to determine how she achieved her many literary effects. They discover the author's techniques in describing people and events, in setting tone, and in establishing pace. They reflect about the enduring understanding, "Living as the local people do is an effective way to understand a culture different from one's own."
Students identify the advantages of being flexible when visiting or living in a culture different from one's own. They realize that open-mindedness and flexibility can facilitate understanding between cultures and write a letter from the point of view of one of the Kazakhstanis who were fellow travelers on the train with the author.