ENG 4U 2011: Pencasting Pi, Part II

Most students are at a presentation today. Those who remain will work on our second pencast. In preparation for this pencast, I’d like you to think about the following:

First, here is a quotation from a letter sent to Life of Pi author Yann Martel:

It is a lovely book — an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.
Thank you,

Barak Obama

Next, consider this quotation from Seth Godin’s blog:

A great story is true. Not necessarily because it’s factual, but because it’s consistent and authentic.

Seth Godin

 For today’s discussions and pencast, I’d like the groups to focus on Life of Pi as a story. Consider:

  • When is the story compelling? Why?
  • Which details of the narrative are particularly implausable?
  • If this narrative is as consistent as Godin argues a good narrative should be, how should this story end?

While you should focus on section 11, feel free to work in any elements from other parts of the text.


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