Objective: Chapter One: No One Noticed. "An American Plague" is written by Jim Murphy. The objective of this lesson is to discuss Jim Murphy and his writing.
1) Research: Read biographical information about Jim Murphy. Where did Murphy grow up? What event turned Murphy into a reader? Where was he educated? What were his first jobs? When did he begin writing? What was his first book? What interests help him to write his books?
2) Class Discussion: Use reference materials as needed. Did Murphy know that he wanted to be a writer as he grew up? Why does Murphy write books for young people? Where does Murphy write? How often does he communicate with colleagues and editors when he is writing? Why does Murphy write a blog in addition to his non-fiction works? How does this writing mesh with his other work? Where does Murphy get ideas for his...
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