Daily Lessons for Teaching Out on a Limb

Shirley MacLaine
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Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)


Shirley MacClaine was a professional actress and dancer. She has received the Academy Award in the best actress category and has appeared in over thirty-five movies. This lesson will help the reader better understand the career of Shirley MacClaine.


1. Class Discussion: What did Shirley MacClaine do for a living? Was she good at her job? Why or why not?

2. Group Activity: Divide the class into four groups. Have each group answer the following questions: Travel was a huge part of Shirley MacClaine's career. Create a list of locations where she has worked and how this travel influenced her world view.

3. Group Activity: Divide the class into pairs. Have each group discuss the following topic: Shirley MacClaine had a strong relationship with her parents. How did this relationship influence her decision to become an actress?


1. Journal Writing: Do you think it would be fun to...

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