Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Bolton Gardens)
Chapter 1, Bolton Gardens
Margaret Lane was an English journalist and writer. She was a writer of children's stories and a biographer of literary figures such as Samuel Johnson, the Brontes, and, of course, Beatrix Potter. This lesson discusses Margaret Lane, the author of "The Tale of Beatrix Potter."
1) Library Research: Have students research Margaret Lane, the author of "The Tale of Beatrix Potter." Have students create a profile of Lane. Include her background, occupation, connection to Beatrix Potter, and relationship with Potter. After researching her life, have students write a report that discusses whether Lane was a capable choice for writing this biography. In your opinion, does her knowledge and relationship with Potter help or hinder this work?
2) Class Discussion: Discuss the following questions with the class:
a) What can researching Lane's background and her other works tell the reader about the book?
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