Objective: Chapter One, "The Fledgling". In this chapter, Abegnale introduces his subject by describing one of his most intense experiences as a con man--posing as a pilot and being asked to fly a plane. Then he backtracks to discuss his parents' divorce when he is a teenager, his choice to live with his father, and his early experiences as a juvenile delinquent. This lesson discusses the writing technique Abegnale uses to open the book.
1) Class Discussion: Introductions are one of the most difficult things for writers to write. Some writers jump right in and begin at the beginning, progressing in chronological order. Other writers use an introduction to summarize their entire topic, following the old advice often given to public speakers: "First you tell 'em what you're going to tell 'em, then you tell 'em, and then you tell 'em what you told 'em." Abegnale uses a...
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