Daily Lessons for Teaching A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Lesson 1 (from Introduction)

Objective

Introduction

Martha documents her life as a midwife for 27 years in her diary. The objective of this lesson is to explore the nature of diaries.

Lesson

Lead the class in a discussion about diaries. Begin with a definition and ask the students to offer any initial thoughts they have on the topic. What do they think is the purpose of a diary? Is it something generally kept only by emotional girls and women? Or can men write diaries without being seen as too sensitive or emotional? Do any of the students keep a diary today? Have they had one in the past? What were their motivations for creating it? Does the diary become a safe place to vent feelings? Is it a place to document facts? Or both?

Diaries can be considered sacred spaces among those who keep them; The Diary of Anne Frank is the...

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