Objective: Part 1, Pages 3 -19 The book is based on diary entries of Isabel Allende's thoughts during the illness and death of her daughter, Paula. The objective is to look at the nature of diaries.
1) Lead the class in a discussion about diaries. Begin with a definition and ask the students to offer up any initial thoughts they have on the topic. What do they think is the purpose of a diary? Is it something generally kept only by emotional girls and women? Or can men write diaries without being seen as too sensitive or emotional? Do any of the students keep a diary today? Have they had one in the past? What were their motivations for creating it? Does the diary become a safe place to vent feelings? Is it a place to document facts? Or both?
Diaries can be considered sacred spaces among those who keep...
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