Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, A Historical Overview)
Chapter 1, A Historical Overview
In literature, the protagonist is the main character. In non-fiction the main character is referred to as the subject. The subject or protagonist in this book is Barbara McClintock. In this lesson, we will discuss Barbara McClintock and her strengths and weaknesses.
1) Group Writing: Divide the class into small groups of two or three people. Have the students in each group write a short profile of Barbara McClintock. Have the students ask themselves what qualities and characteristics appealed to them as a reader of the book and use that information for their character profiles.
2) Class Discussion: Have the groups of students read their profiles to the class. Which profiles did the class like the most? Which written profiles truly depicted Barbara McClintock? What are some of McClintock's weaknesses? What are some of McClintock's strengths? How does the discovery of these weaknesses...
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