Lesson 1 (from The Dwarves in the Stable)
The Dwarves in the Stable
In the Introduction to "Telling Secrets," the author explains why telling secrets is important to us, the human family. He talks about why he wrote this third autobiography, and how his life is a plot, not just a story. This lesson takes a closer look at the Introduction to "Telling Secrets."
1) Class Discussion: Why does the author call this autobiography "Telling Secrets?" How and why is this autobiography different from the first two? What did the first two autobiographies deal with and what does this autobiography deal with?
2) Small Groups: The author quotes E.M. Forster's definition of a story and a plot. What are these definitions? How is a plot different from a story? Why does the author write that his life feels like a plot?
3) Individual Writing Assignment: In at least two pages, explain the author's reasoning behind...
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