Objective: Alexandria Ripley is perhaps best known for the critically-panned yet commercially successful sequel to Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind", "Scarlett". Ripley also wrote other historical novels, such as "Charleston" and "New Orleans Legacy". This lesson discusses the author of the novel "Scarlett", Alexandria Ripley.
1) Library research: Have the students research the author, Alexandria Ripley. Explore the other works she has written, as well as her background. Take a look at interviews and articles about Ripley to gain information on her writing and where "Scarlett" fits in with her other novels.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Ripley and her canon. Have each group read an excerpt from different novels written by Ripley during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have students compare the tone and style of "Scarlett" with Ripley's other works.
3) Class discussion: Discuss...
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