Lesson 1 (from Preface & Chapters I & II)
Students will explore the characteristics of several literary genres and will determine the genre of this book by the end of their investigation.
Students may not have read a book like Chasing Lincoln's Killer before, in which real historical events are dramatized by the author while staying true to the historical record. By researching characteristics of several genres to which the book could belong, students will generate a list of characteristics of this book and will draw a conclusion about its genre based on their findings and examination of the book.
Class Activity: Have a recorder go to the board and start the beginnings of a list by writing Mystery, Horror, and True Crime. Come to a consensus on what title we should give this list and why. Once the class has determined that the list should be titled Genres, ask students to shout out...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.1, 9-10.8, 11-12.1, 11-12.8
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