Daily Lessons for Teaching Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School

Melvin Konner
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Lesson 1 (from Introduction: A Compensatory Pause)

Objective

Introduction: A Compensatory Pause

The first chapter introduces us to Konner and also to his writing style. This lesson discusses Konner's writing strategies for using language to convey meaning.

Lesson

1) Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs, and analyze the writing style. How does Konner write? What kinds of words does he use? How are his sentences structured?

2) Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Konner's style. When or how does he vary from that cadence ? What does he lay emphasis on when he varies from his typical sentences? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.

3) Class Discussion: How would you characterize Konner's values as a writer? What does he talk about? How does he use language to express his experiences? Is he neutral, partisan, prejudiced?

4) Homework: Write a short journal entry that...

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