Lesson 1 (from First Notebook, The Descent into Hell)
First Notebook, The Descent into Hell
Papillon was convicted and sentenced on October 26, 1931, in Paris, France. The objective of this lesson is to explore the city of Paris, France.
Lead the class in a discussion about Paris, France. Begin with defining the city's geographical location. Ask the students about any current perceptions they have about the city. How have these changed from their perceptions prior to reading the book? How would the students characterize the city in one word? Do the students feel like they want to visit? Why or why not? Do any of the students feel like they would like to live there? Why or why not?
As an in-class exercise, have the students do some online research about Paris in the 1930s when Papillon was sentenced. What changes have been made in the areas of architecture, commerce, education, and other aspects. They...
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