Lesson 1 (from Forward)
The novel, Chanel and Her World, by Edmonde Charles-Roux is a biography, a type of nonfiction that describes a life story in detail. In this case the life story is of Coco Chanel. This lesson discusses the genre of the work, Chanel and Her World.
1) Library research: Have students research the biography genre. What are the characteristics of a biography? What is the difference between a biography and an autobiography? Why is Chanel and Her World considered a biography and not an autobiography? Have students write an essay on what makes Chanel and Her World a biography.
2) Presentation: Using the research from #1, have students prepare a short presentation on a) what makes Chanel and Her World a biography and b) what the author's purpose is when writing a biography.
3) Writing assignment: While researching in the library for #1, have students choose 3-5 other biographical titles. Have...
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