Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Inspector Lindsay Boxer, and Book 1, David and Melanie Brandt: Chapters 1-5)
Prologue, Inspector Lindsay Boxer, and Book 1, David and Melanie Brandt: Chapters 1-5
James Patterson is one of the best known and most prolific modern murder mystery writers. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about James Patterson as the author of "1st to Die" -- and why it's important to learn about the author of a text.
1) Focusing Exercise: Have students write for 5 minutes in response to the following prompt: "Why is knowing information about the author important when reading a text?" Collect their responses.
2) Class Lecture: Lecture the class for 5-10 minutes with some information about James Patterson. Who is he? What other well-known books did he write? What is he known for? What has his life been like? His education? Which of his novels have students heard of (if any)? Does he write anything other than murder mysteries? How successful has...
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