Lesson 1 (from Book One)
George Eliot is one of the Victorian Era's best-known writers, even if many people are unaware that the male name of "George Eliot" is a pen name for (the female) Mary Anne Evans. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about George Eliot and why it is important to know about an author when analyzing a text.
1) Focusing Exercise: Ask students to write their response to the following prompt: "Why is knowing information about the author important when reading a text?" Collect their responses.
2) Class Lecture: Lecture the class for 10-15 minutes with some information about Eliot. Who was she? How many pseudonyms did she write under? What kind of books did she write? Why were her books so popular? What were the themes of her novels? Why did those themes resonate so strongly with her readers? What made her writing...
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