Lesson 1 (from Part I)
Colm Toibin is the author of Brooklyn. The aim of this lesson is to examine the author's life and writing.
Class Discussion: How old was Toibin when he began writing? How does he make writing painful? How does Toibin write his first drafts? What did Toibin once tell students in one of his college classes that someone needed to be in order to write? How might a perfectly written sentence shape a novel he is writing? In what way is writing a melody? What does erasure have to do with writing? How does he believe that writing and violence merge? What does he say that his writing comes from?
Activity: Create a chart or poster that shows these things: books Toibin has written, any awards he won for writing, what critics say about his writing, and what different genres he has written in.
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3(e), 9-10.7, 11-12.3(e), 11-12.7
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