Lesson 1 (from Part I, Old Hall)
Part I, Old Hall
Martha Grimes is one of the best known and most prolific modern murder mystery writers. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about Martha Grimes as the author of "Jerusalem Inn" -- and why it's important to learn about the author of a text.
1) Focusing Exercise: Have students write for 5 minutes in response to the following prompt: "Why is knowing information about the author important when reading a text?" Collect their responses.
2) Class Lecture: Lecture the class for 5-10 minutes with some information about Martha Grimes. Who was she? What is she known for? What was her life like? What was her childhood like (especially in regard to her summers spent at her mother's hotel)? What inspired her to write the Richard Jury series? What has happened over the years in regard to the series's popularity? What in particular...
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