Lesson 1 (from Cards, Faces, Fields of Flowers)
This lesson examines the nature of author Ryszard Kapuscinski's profession, journalism.
1) Dictionary Definition: What is journalism? What is the goal of a journalist? What attitude should the journalist have toward material? Kapuscinski defined his style of journalism as "literary reportage." What does this term mean?
2) Class Discussion: What material does Kapuscinski have to work with to construct his book? How does a journalist make meaning from various material? What might be the strengths and weaknesses of the various media Kapuscinski has in his possession?
3) Class Debate: Debate the merits and drawbacks of traditional journalism versus Kapuscinski's more subjective "literary reportage."
4) Homework: Take a traditional news article from the Internet, such as an Associated Press release, and rewrite it in the style of Kapuscinski's "literary reportage."
Lesson 2 (from Cards, Faces, Fields of Flowers)
This lesson examines the beginning of the book, and looks at reasons why Kapuscinski may have started the...
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