Lesson 1 (from Section I, Introduction, Dedicatory Epistle and chapters 1 through 2)
Sir Walter Scott wrote many novels, short stories, and poems during his lifetime, and is credited with inventing the modern historical novel. This lesson discusses the author of the novel "Ivanhoe," by Sir Walter Scott.
1) Library research: Have the students research the author, Sir Walter Scott. Explore other works he has written, as well as his educational and personal background. Take a look at other authors' critiques of his work, as well as biographies written about him, to gain information on his writing and where "Ivanhoe" fits in with his other works.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Scott and his canon. Have each group read an excerpt from different novels, short stories or poems written by Scott during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have students compare the tone and style of "Ivanhoe" with...
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