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Mr. Ripley . . . Would You Believe It Or Not?

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An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic Unit Examining The Elements of Non-Fiction and Their Application In Every Day Life. Most of what we read and write is nonfiction. Fiction and nonfiction share many elements, e.g. plot, character, setting, irony, theme, metaphor, narration, persuasion, description, exposition, depending on the author's purpose and perspective. For example, an autobiography reflects an author's personal feelings and experiences through a subjective lens; whereas a scientific article or newspaper report can convey facts in either a subjective or an objective manner.

In today's society, with its wealth of easily accessible information, it is important to be able to distinguish fact from opinion, and understand the culture in which one lives. Further, the ability to understand and use the spoken and written language, in the context of the culture, is an essential life skill.