Objective: Knowing the background of an author can help a reader understand a literary text on a much deeper level. The objective of this lesson is to provide the class with information on R. K. Narayan.
1) Begin class with a 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 Narayan. Who was he? What books is he better known for? What issues and themes do his books address? What was his life like? His education? Why did it take so long for him and his books to find acclaim? How important was his friend Graham Greene in both his career and his personal life? Make sure to address the struggles Narayan went through before his books...
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