Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood is Alexandra Fuller's memoir of growing up in revolutionary Africa from 1969 to 2002. In Chapter 1: "Rhodesia, 1975,” young Alexandra, nicknamed "Bobo," was warned not wake her parents up by creeping into their room at night because they might accidentally shoot the six-year-old. In this lesson, students will research the author and will identify and analyze the narrative voice of the book.
Research Activity: Allow students time in class to conduct independent research on author Alexandra Fuller. How many books has Fuller written? What are common themes and subjects in her works?
Group Assignment: Students are to gather into groups of 3-4 each. As a group, students are to analyze and discuss the narrative point-of-view of the memoir. In what person is the story related? Is it told in present or past tense? Groups are to develop a...
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