Mark Haddon, author of
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time A novel by Mark Haddon
This is the story of an autistic young man in London. His perceptions and insights make the reader aware of how we all see the world differently. To understand this novel, you first should have some background regarding the autism spectrum and the city of London, England. The visual information below will give you some background. Remember that we still don't know what causes autism. Remember, too, that people with autistic spectrum disorders are not alike--and that the severity of impairment can vary A LOT! People with Asperger's Syndrome are often highly intelligent--frequently viewed as geniuses. Albert Einstein, for example, is thought to have had Asperger's Syndrome.
Below is a video clip from a movie about the life of Dr.Temple Grandin, an expert on humane treatment of animals in slaughter houses. She believes that autistics think in pictures as opposed to thinking linguistically. You can view Dr.Grandin lecturing at various colleges on youtube; these are too long to include here.
ABOUT THE BOOK AND YOUR WORK:
This novel is 221 pages in length. We will read it in three parts--not all of equal length. You should stay ahead of the class reading as much as possible. Look at your calendar for homework for this novel and the date on which you will take quizzes and give oral responses.
You will be reading pages most days beginning in Week 7 and will take the last of three quizzes on it during the final week of the quarter. You will answer oral questions and be scored on the thoroughness of your responses.
Below are the questions, by chapters, for which you will need to know answers. Use these questions to guide your reading. Be sure to annotate in your book as you read--the quizzes are "open book."