Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The setting for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is important to know in order to facilitate a strong analysis of the book in general. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the setting of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."
1) Focusing Exercise: Have students write for 5 minutes in response to the following prompt: "Write down at least 5 things you know about what the country was like during the mid- 1800s and any questions you have." Collect their responses.
2) Class Lecture: Give the class a 15-20 minute lecture about the American Civil War and what the country was like during the mid-1800s, making sure to provide good context for the specific time period that "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" takes place in. Also make sure to address the major...
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