Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapters 1 - 2)
This lesson introduces students to Kate Quinn’s historical novel The Alice Network. Students will research the true history of Louise de Bettignies and her service as a French secret agent during World War I, read Chapter 1, and discuss the introduction of first-person narrator Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair. The Alice Network is a fictional narrative that incorporates several historical figures and events, including that of de Bettignies, whose pseudonym was Alice Dubois.
Group Activity: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read Chapter 1 of The Alice Network and discuss the reading. Collaborate in developing a character bio for Charlotte “Charlie” St. Clair. What information is the reader given of Charlie’s past in this chapter? How old is she? Why is she traveling in Europe?
Class Discussion: As a class, discuss the character bios presented by the groups and lead a discussion...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.9, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 11-12.8
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