Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Storm In June: Chapters 1 and 2)
Writing this novel during the time in which the events described in it were taking place, Irene Nemirovsky could have been a character in her own novel. The objective of this lesson is to learn about the author of Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky, and how her own life relates to the novel.
1) Biography: Divide the class into small groups to do research on Irene Nemirovsky and the novel, Suite Francaise. Have them find the answers to the following questions: Who was Irene Nemirovsky? When was the novel written and when was it published? How does the author's personal life relate to the novel? What happened to Irene Nemirovsky during World War II?
2) Class discussion: Irene Nemirovsky wrote this novel based on France in World War II during the time the events occurred. What influence do you think this had on the novel? Do you think...
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