Objective: Forward Bukowski's writing style can be difficult for readers as it requires some adjustment. Students will focus on Bukowski's tone and style in the foreword for this lesson in order to prepare them for the rest of the book.
1. Writing assignment: Students will write a half-page journal as they skim the foreword, taking down notes about what they find different or unusual about the way in which this author writes. Are there other authors students have read who do similar things in their writing? If so, which writers?
2. Small groups: Students will divide into groups of three or four to discuss Bukowski's style. Why do students think he might choose to write this way? Is there a point, or does he merely wish to be different from mainstream writers? Why or why not? Is his style freeing? Do students see a correlation between this style of...
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