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The Hot Zone Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Hot Zone

Richard Preston adapted The Hot Zone from a New Yorker article he wrote in 1992 entitled, "Crisis in the Hot Zone," which covered the discovery of Ebola-infected monkeys in Reston, Virginia and was reportedly loosely adapted to become the film "Outbreak." Preston uses techniques of creative non-fiction — deep interviews that are then used to reconstruct a historical narrative — to create a gripping, true story about the series of micro-outbreaks of filoviruses like Marburg and Ebola that he predicts will eventually break out into a full-fledged epidemic.

Key Aspects of The Hot Zone

Tone

The narrative is lush and detailed and not at all clinical. Preston's descriptive narrative...

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