Daily Lessons for Teaching Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year

Esmé Raji Codell
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Objective: EDUCATING ESME is written in a journal form. This lesson explores the concept of the journal form of writing.

1) Class Discussion: Discuss the journal format. What are its features? How does it differ from a novel? What is the difference between a journal and an epistolary format?

2) Group Discussion: Discuss the potential "unfiltered" aspect of the journal form. Is the reader allowed a closer connection to Esme because her entries are happening in the moment and are relatively unfiltered?

3) Class Debate: Students should take one of two positions, and stage a debate. One: The journal format allows for a closer connection to the reader, given its "in-the-moment" immediacy. Two: A more traditional prose format, written after the events, would have been more appropriate and would have provided greater insight.

4) Homework: Throughout the days in which the class is studying EDUCATING ESME, students should keep their own...

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