Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1-3)
The objective of this lesson is to prepare the students for the themes and subjects presented in the novel. Mother Night contains material of a sensitive nature. The value of this book is that it can create a venue in which issues of bias, bigotry, racism, and genocide can be explored compared to historical events. Without giving too much away, tell students that this novel presents characters with a wide variety of beliefs about "hot topic" issue such as war, genocide, and racism and that, like the characters in the novel, the students themselves may have a wide array of beliefs regarding these subjects. Help the course get off to a good start by establishing an academic safe zone where students can discuss these issues openly and in such as way as to produce useful discourse and productive learning opportunities.
1) Individual: writing assignment...
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