Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
The author's background and personal experience contribute enormously to the reader's experience with a book. Reilly's extensive background in the sport's world, and with golf in particular, are visible throughout the book through his word choice, character development, setting, and more. Today's objective is to explore the role of the author's background and personal experience in an overall text.
1) Class Discussion: How does an author's personal experience and background affect a text? Do the author's personal interests, as well as his/her belief system, attitudes, and unique personality affect the text? If so, in what way? Can the author's background be seen in character development, plot, and theme?
2) Journal Entry: How does Reilly's golf background enter into the text in Chapter 1? Does the reader get a sense for Reilly's personal beliefs, his personal experiences, or his area of expertise? How? As you read...
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