Lesson 1 (from The Beginning and The Notes and Transcripts: December 3-4, 1970)
The Beginning and The Notes and Transcripts: December 3-4, 1970
The story begins with reporter Helen Scofield visiting the dorm room of Caroline English, the daughter of Mary Amesbury/Maureen English. Helen interviewed and wrote an article about Mary after she killed her husband. She brings her notes and transcripts to Caroline, believing that Caroline will want to know the complete story. This lesson will explore Helen Scofield's role as a journalist.
1) Class Discussion: Helen Scofield describes the kinds of questions she receives on her book tours. Readers wonder why she writes about crime and why she became a journalist. How does Helen answer these questions? What influence did her father, an editor, have on her life as a journalist? How does she disappoint her father when she doesn't take over his newspaper? What kind of success has she had as a journalist?
2) Small Group Activity...
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