Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The author of "Testament of Youth", Vera Brittain, wrote a number of novels, autobiographies, and articles, and was also a speaker on topics related to feminism and pacifism. This lesson discusses the author of the autobiography "Testament of Youth", Vera Brittain.
1) Library research: Have the students research the author, Vera Brittain. Explore the other works she wrote, as well as her background. Take a look at biographical information and critiques of Brittain's work to gain information on her writing and where "Testament of Youth" fits in with her other work.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Brittain and her canon. Have each group read an excerpt from different works written by Brittain during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have students compare the tone and style of "Testament of Youth" with Brittain's other works.
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