Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
LITERATURE - In the opening section, Augie drops literary references although he assures readers that his brother, Simon, is the intellectual one. The objective of this lesson is for students to explore the literary references Augie includes in his narrative, and to discuss what these references tell the reader about his character.
1.) Class Activity: As a class, create a list of literary references Augie drops in the first few chapters of the novel. Which of these references was most surprising to you?
2.) Class Activity: As a class, compare Augie's literary reference to Heraclitus with his reference to Machiavelli. What is the same about these references? What is different? Is there anything unexpected or surprising in this comparison?
3.) Class Debate: Do you think Augie is smarter than he leads the reader to believe? Divide the class into two groups for a cross classroom debate...
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