Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 – 25)
This lesson introduces students to George Saunders’ best-selling novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Students will research Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency, analyze the citations in Chapters 1-5, examine the novel’s genre and narrative style, and complete character analysis on Hans Vollman. Two of the most notable aspects of this novel are its unique use of several different narrators and its insertion of both historical and fictional essays, novels, and literary works. Among these are the fictional All This Did I See: Memories of a Terrible Time, by Mrs. Margaret Garrett; and the real work, Rise to Greatness, by David Von Drehle.
Research/Independent Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author George Saunders, the publication of Lincoln in the Bardo, and the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. When was Lincoln president? Why did George Saunders choose to write about Lincoln? Prepare a...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.3, 9-10.9, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 11-12.8
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