Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
The author of the book at one time owned Modoc. The object of this lesson is to discuss Ralph Helfer and his writing.
1) Research: Read biographical information about Ralph Helfer. When and where was Helfer born? Why did Helfer end up living in Hollywood? How did he become an animal trainer? What does Helfer call the training he uses to train animals? What animal parks has he established? Where does Helfer live? What does he do?
2) Class discussion: Use reference materials as needed. What does Helfer say about writing stories based on actual events? Why does Helfer say that the story of Modoc is true as far as he knows? When did Helfer begin writing? What is the subject of most of his writing? Has he written about other topics other than animals? Would Helfer be better known for his writing or his work with...
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