Lesson 1 (from Tevye Strikes It Rich, pp. 1-20)
(Tevye Strikes It Rich)
"Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories" are written by Sholem Aleichem, the pen name for a man named Sholem Rabinovich, an aspiring writer with comic talents who served for a time as the "crown rabbi" in a Jewish community in Ukraine. Aleichem was known as the Jewish "Mark Twain" and wrote about the Jewish persona and the plight of Jews in Russian during his lifetime. The object of this lesson is to discuss and study the of the author of "Tevye the Dairyman and the Railroad Stories".
1. In class research: After introducing Sholem Aleichem and sharing a few interesting facts about his life and by listing some of his other works on the board; instruct students to utilize the library or internet to search out more biographical information on Aleichem. Encourage them to look for specific information about Aleichem as...
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