Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
John Sandford (real name: John Roswell Camp) is one of the best known and most widely read murder mystery authors. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about John Sandford as the author of "Night Prey."
1) Focusing Exercise: Have students write for five minutes in response to the following prompt: "Why is knowing information about the author important when reading a text?" Collect their responses.
2) Class Lecture: Lecture the class for 5-10 minutes with some information about John Sandford. Who is he? What is he known for? What is his life like? What is his academic background (journalism, etc.)? What did he do before he became a famous novelist? What inspired him to transition from journalism to fiction? What has happened over the years in regard to the popularity of his books? What do the critics think? This can also be...
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