Lesson 1 (from Onset, Chapter 1)
In the opening chapter, Tony begins to write Zenia's history. As a historian, Tony believes history is a construct. Any point of entry is possible, she teaches her students, and all choices are arbitrary. This lesson will discuss the concept of history as a construct and how both Zenia and Tony construct personal histories for Zenia.
1. Class Discussion: Tony teaches her students that history is a construct. Any point of entry is possible and all choices are arbitrary. What does this mean? Is it possible for different people to report the same incident in different ways from different perspectives? Is it possible for people who record history to lie? Is it possible for someone telling their personal history to lie? If Zenia lies, from what is she constructing her personal history? From what do you anticipate that Tony will be constructing her history of Zenia...
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