The Dinner Party - Interactive Notebooks | 123Read&Write


The Dinner Party by Mona Gardner tells the story of a dinner party in India, where an unexpected guest solves an issue on whether women can indeed handle stressful situations in comparison to men. Within this simple, introductory lesson for 7th grade ELA, the students review a few simple literary elements by working with interactive notebooks. 


The Dinner Party 

by Mona Gardner 

The country is India. A colonial official and his wife are giving a large dinner party. They are seated with their guests—army officers and government attachés and their wives, and a visiting American naturalist—in their spacious dining room, which has a bare marble floor, open rafters and wide glass doors opening onto a veranda.

A spirited discussion springs up between a young girl who insists that women have outgrown the jumping-on-a-chair-at-the-sight-of-a-mouse era . . .

Full The Dinner Party Text

  • Exposition

A literary device used by the author to introduce the main characters, setting, and conflict at the beginning of the story.


  • Setting

The time, place, and environment where an event takes place.


  • Plot

The events which make up a story. These events relate to each other in a sequence. 


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Sep 11, 2014, 8:11 P