Lesson 1 (from Part First, At Marygreen: Chapters 1-4)
Part First, At Marygreen: Chapters 1-4
Thomas Hardy is a particularly interesting author, given that he was more a poet than an author of novels -- and that he had no formal education past the age of 16. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about Thomas Hardy as the author of "Jude the Obscure" as well as why knowing about the author is an important part of analyzing a literary 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 Thomas Hardy. Who was he? What other kinds of books did he write? What kind of poetry did he write? What was his formal education (e.g., only up until age 16)? What...
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