Lesson 1 (from March 9, 1941 through April 30, 1942 (Pages 3 - 133))
In March 9, 1941 through April 30, 1942 (pp. 3 - 133), Esther ("Etty") Hillesum began writing a dairy in early March of 1941. Etty Hillesum was determined to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In addition, Etty Hillesum had devoted herself to honing her craft: writing. This lesson will discuss the initial purpose of this diary.
Class Discussion: What is the purpose of this diary?
Small Group Activity: What can be learned about Etty from this purpose? How does this prepare the reader for reading this book?
Class Discussion: Discuss the students' responses. Why is Etty's internal life more important than her external life? How might this assist her in the future? What might have led her to believe her internal life was the most important?
Individual Activity: Research a field of psychology on what does it focus? What does it believe is most important? How do these beliefs compare to Etty's...
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