Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Part I: Joys of the Wedding Chamber)
The historical context of the book is one of the first things the book introduces to the reader, in order to give a sense of the placement of the book. Today's objective is to discuss the connection between history and story, and whether this is a valuable connection.
1. Have each student describe the history they think has affected the way they live.
2. In smaller groups, have students discuss whether they think one's history will always affect their story.
3. As a class, have the students discuss the importance of history within a story. Does this always matter? Why is the idea of history so important in this particular story? Do the students think the absence of the note about history would have negatively impacted the story?
4. Homework: Have each student discuss how they would feel about someone placing historical importance on their own story.
5. Homework: Have...
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