Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
In "Education of a Wandering Man," L'Amour recalled the days when he wandered from job to job in search of an education. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the genre of the book.
1) Research: Look up the following terms and write definitions: genre, non-fiction, fiction, memoir, journal, autobiography, and biography. Write the answers to these questions: What is the difference between non-fiction and fiction? What is the difference between an autobiography and a biography? Is a memoir a type of autobiography? Why or why not? Why might someone write a journal?
2) Class Discussion: Was the book mostly written about experiences that occurred in L'Amour's life? Was L'Amour writing mostly about himself and his memories or about someone else? Would the book be considered autobiographical or biographical? Why? Was the story mean to tell the whole story of L'Amour's life? What is the genre...
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