Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2; Before the Storm; The Strategic Position)
Chapters 1 and 2; Before the Storm; The Strategic Position
This book is an autobiographical book. The objective of this lesson will be to review some major aspects of Erich von Manstein's life, and to discuss how having this book autobiographical in nature affects the plot and the feeling of the book.
1) Life Review of Author: Provide a brief overview of Erich von Manstein's life along with some of the major events in his life. Split the class into groups and assign each group one of the major events from his life. Instruct each group to study their event and write about how this event would have shaped his life and affected his writing style. Allow each group to present their information. Discuss some of the different ideas that are presented.
2) Personality Analysis: Review each separate person that is in the first chapters. Have the students identify...
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