Lesson 1 (from Part I)
The Buddenbrook family is introduced as being a wealthy family that interacts with prominent citizens, although they are not nobility themselves. The objective of this lesson is to define the upper class in Germany society in 1935.
1) Class discussion: Who is Johann Buddenbrook? What does Johann do for a living? How does he feel about his family? What does Johann dress like? Who are Johann's friends? What type of work do these friends do? How does Johann feel about Germany? What role does he play in German society? How does Johann influence politics? In what other ways does Johann influence his society? What does Johann's house look like? What does he serve at his dinner party? How else can you tell that Johann is upper class?
2) Pair work: In pairs, students will make a chart that lists aspects of Johann's life that suggest he is part...
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