Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1-2)
"Daughters and Rebels " by Jessica Mitford is a memoir, which is a subclass of the autobiography genre. This book is an example of a memoir because it tells the story of a time in someone's life. This lesson discusses the genre of the work.
1) Library research: a) Have students research the memoir genre. What are the characteristics of a memoir? What is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography? Why is "Daughters and Rebels" considered a memoir? Have students write a short report on the genre and why this book is considered an example of this genre.
b) While researching in the library for #1a, have students choose 3-5 additional memoir titles. Have students compare and contrast the subject of the memoirs (who or what are the most common types of subjects for memoirs?), the tone and writing style of the texts, and the...
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