Teacher Guide

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


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

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 1178 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 9118 literature essays, 2378 sample college application essays, 399 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in