Objective: The author of "A Lantern in her Hand," Bess Streeter Aldrich, wrote a number of novels which share the same themes as "A Lantern in her Hand," particularly the struggles faced by the pioneers of the Midwest. This lesson discusses the author of the novel, "A Lantern in her Hand," Bess Streeter Aldrich.
1) Library research: Have the students research the author, Bess Streeter Aldrich. Explore the other works she has written, as well as her background. Take a look at biographical information and critiques of Aldrich's work to gain information on her writing and where "A Lantern in her Hand" fits in with her other novels.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Aldrich and her canon. Have each group read an excerpt from different novels written by Aldrich during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have...
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