Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Chapter 1)
A Northern Light is a young adult historical novel by American author Jennifer Donnelly. The novel blends fiction and nonfiction as it centers on the historical murder of Grace Brown, a young woman killed in 1906 at the Covewood Lodge in Upstate New York. In this lesson, students will research author Jennifer Donnelly and the murder of Grace Brown, and will identify and analyze the setting established in the Introduction and Chapter 1 of the novel.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the 1906 murder of Grace Brown and on author Jennifer Donnelly and the publication and critical response of A Northern Light. How many novels and other works had the author previously written? How did the novel fare publically and critically after its publication?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, develop a project that examines and discusses the murder of Grace Brown...
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