Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
The Introduction for The Adams-Jefferson Letters provides an overview of the correspondence between them and background information about both men. This lesson is about the importance of an Introduction in non-fictional literature.
1) Class Discussion: What is the main purpose of an Introduction in a non-fiction book? Why might an Introduction be particularly relevant for a historical book? Does the class think that an overview can provide too much information about the book's future chapters? Why or why not? In The Adams-Jefferson Letters, how could the author have selected the information for the Introduction?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down 3 things that a non-fictional Introduction should include. Afterward, talk about the answers and how many are included in the Introduction for The Adams-Jefferson Letters.
3) Partner or Group Discussion: What was the intent of the Introduction for The Adams-Jefferson Letters? How...
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