Author Time line
The book offers up an impressive history of authors. Allow the students to make better sense of the history by creating a visual time line that plots the authors as well as major historical events.
Sei Shonagon Hateful Things Exercise
Students should keep a journal with them for a day, and arrive at their own list full of things they hate, in the manner of Sei Shonagon.
Stoic Press Conference
Have a student play the part of Seneca in a press conference. Other students can take turns asking Seneca questions about how to handle general issues in life. The student playing Seneca can then respond from a philosophically Stoic point of view.
Research some typical recipes that are representative of the times and cultures in which the authors in the book lived. Have students bring in dishes from those recipes and have an...
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