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Crime and Punishment, Book 1
AP English - Fisher
One mark of great literature is the way that it is intentionally built—its structure. You can analyze the
structure of a phrase, a line of poetry, a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a book, or the entire novel. As you
look at structure, consider these questions:
 What IS the structure of this passage (how and where is it organized, divided, arranged, sequenced,
grouped, assembled)?
 How does this structure contribute something meaningful to this passage?
 How does this structure contribute something meaningful to the entire work?
In small groups, you will analyze one chapter of Book 1 of Crime and Punishment for structure. You will share
your findings with the whole class. You will complete this organizer and I will make copies for your classmates.
Your work today is for everyone, not just you! Together, we will then discuss how Book 1 is structured and its
holistic effect. As you reread Crime and Punishment (or anything, really), consider this as a way to increase
your comprehension of what you read and analyze it at a higher level.
Crime and Punishment, Book 1: Chapter __________________
In 25 words or less, summarize the events/actions of this chapter:
Draw an image or map that shows the structure of the chapter. Clearly label your image with ideas and words
that help others interpret your image:
What themes, concepts, or ideas are developed in this chapter?
Select at least three quotes that are critical to understanding the themes, concepts or ideas your identified.
Make at least three connections between this chapter and other parts of the novel. Be as specific as possible.
Give your chapter a title that suggest the an opinion/tone/idea about the chapter’s effect or purpose (Not
“Pulcheria’s Letter”). Be prepared to explain or defend your choice.