Lesson 1 (from Prologue, Chapters 1-2)
Over the next 30 days students will read Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. This lesson's objective is to stimulate student interest in studying Steve Coll's book.
1) Research: To promote interest and provide a foundation for the next 30 days, have class members research Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars. Students are to examine what influenced his topic preference, what personal background was likely to have affected the author's writing, and other aspects. They will also read a short synopsis of the book that the next 30 lessons will center on. Have some volunteers discuss with the class what they discovered.
2) Discussion: Have students answer the following questions and discuss as a class: (1) How long did this author's writing career span? (2) What sort of works has Coll been known for in the past? (3) For what did...
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