Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Chapter 1)
Prologue, Chapter 1
"A Loss for Words" took place in Indiana. Like a novel or other fictional piece of literature, memoirs also have a setting. However, in a memoir the author is writing about a real place. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the setting of the book.
1) Class Discussion: When did the events in "A Loss for Words" take place? Where did Lou Ann grow up? Where did Lou Ann go to college? What was Lou Ann's career before she wrote "A Loss for Words"? What was the climate like in Indiana? When did Lou Ann decide she wanted to write "A Loss for Words"?
2) Partner Discussion: divide the class into groups of two or three. Where did Lou Ann move after college? What did she do while she was there? What type of people did Lou Ann try to surround herself with...
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