Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The book is a blend of true events with real characters so it is not a novel by true definition, yet it has many characteristics of a piece of fiction. The objective of this lesson is to explore the non-fiction fiction style of writing.
Lead the class in a discussion about the book. Ask about the definitions of fiction work and non-fiction work. What are the differences? What qualities about this book make if hard to categorize? Do the real people set in some fictional and some real situations seem more real? Or do the people seem more like characters? Why did the author choose to create his book in this way? Do the students think he set out to create a non-fiction piece of the trial events and thought that people would not find that as engaging? How does life in Savannah dictate...
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