Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Anatole Broyard (1920-1990) was an American writer, literary critic and editor for The New York Times. Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir was abandoned in 1988 shortly before Broyard died and tells of his first few years in Greenwich Village after World War II and of the burgeoning literary and artistic movements below Fourteenth Street. In this lesson, students are introduced to the book. They will research its author, Anatole Broyard.
1) Research Activity: Allow students time in the beginning of class to conduct independent research on the author and critic Anatole Broyard, exploring Broyard's childhood and family, military service, education, marriage and career. How old was the author when he began writing this memoir?
2) Group Activity: Following the research activity, students are to gather into small groups of 3-4 each to discuss their findings. As a group, students are to develop their research...
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