Daily Lessons for Teaching Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred & Other Contemporary Sources

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Lesson 1 (from Introduction, Section I, King Alfred the Great)

Objective

Introduction, Section I, King Alfred the Great

Works of fiction are those that are invented. Novels, short stories, fables are fictional. They contain created characters and situations. Non-fiction works are, quite simply, the opposite. These are works based in fact. History, how-to, biographies, autobiographiesare non-fiction. Alfred the Great is non-fiction. It uses historical documents to write a biography of a real person, keeping the "narrative" as close to the truth as possible. The objective of this lesson is to learn about fiction and non-fiction using Alfred the Great as an example of non-fiction writing.

Lesson

1) Class Discussion: What are the two categories of writing? What is non-fiction? What are the characteristics of a work of non-fiction? Why did Asser choose to write about Alfred in a non-fiction work? How would the book be different if Asser had written it as fiction? What does non-fiction bring to...

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