Lesson 1 (from St. John's Eve)
The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol are a collection of short stories written in the mid 1800s.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the collection.
1. Class discussion. What do the students already know about Gogol? What can the students tell about the book by looking at its cover and reading the title? What do the students expect from the collection? Why do they expect these things to happen?
2. With the students, look at the questions Gogol asks in the opening story. Divide the students into pairs and ask the students to write down five questions Gogol poses. After ten minutes, ask the students to swap their work with another pairs and provide solutions to the questions. After fifteen minutes compare the student's ideas and for each one ask what will have to happen in the story for these answers to come true.
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