Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The authors and two main characters in All the President’s Men, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, worked tirelessly to uncover the Watergate scandal. Analyze their characters to discover the motivation for their work.
Class Discussion: How are Bernstein and Woodward similar? How are they different? How and why did they start working together? What qualities or expertise does each man bring to the team? What traits do the two men possess that may have helped lead to their success?
Activity: Divide the class into small groups and assign each group to research either Bernstein or Woodward. Have the students identify any character descriptions. How are the two characters introduced and described in the book?
Assignment: Have the students write a few paragraphs on why they think Bernstein and Woodward were so motivated to uncover the truth of Watergate, despite the danger and opposition. Ask...
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