Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Chapters 1-2)
Introduction and Chapters 1-2
In the book's Introduction, Duke explains that she wrote the autobiography in order to "set the record straight." This lesson will explore the author's reasons for writing her book.
1. Class Discussion: What were the author's reasons for writing her autobiography? Who has been the driving force behind her need to write the book, other than possibly her own internal demons? When Duke speaks of setting the record straight, what is she referring to?
2. Writing Assignment: Write your views on what Duke hoped to accomplish by writing her autobiography. In what ways might her writing help her set the record straight?
3. Partner Discussion: With a partner, discuss how John Astin, Duke's ex-husband, made a comment that encouraged Duke to write her book. What was it about his suggestion to "live the truth" of her life that helped Duke? How can setting the...
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