Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
The introduction raises the question of how a book should be perceived. In this case, should the book be considered a memoir or a piece of fiction or a hybrid of the two? Today's lesson is on the understanding of a relatively new genre: Memoir.
1) Define "memoir' on the board for the students. Define "fiction" on the board for the students.
2) Have students create a KWL (What I Know, What I Want to Know, and What I've Learned) sheet and have them fill it in according to personal knowledge. (the "K" and "W" part)
3) Show some examples (models) of successful memoirs, while also showing examples of memoir that were mostly fictional (James Frey "A Million Little Pieces" for instance).
4) Hold a discussion on what makes a memoir true to its genre.
5) Have students fill out the L portion of the KWL
6) For homework, have students...
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