Objective: In this lesson, we'll try to better understand the concept of judging or not judging people and issues solely by their appearances.
1) 1. Class discussion: Why does Wolfe seek Kesey out? What is it about this drug-culture icon that intrigued him? Did Wolfe have an open mind toward Kesey and the Merry Pranksters? Or did he come in with preconceived notions? When they finally meet, does Kesey impress Wolfe? Why do you think Wolfe ultimately decides to write about the Pranksters?
2. Homework: Have students write an essay about someone in prison and why why would want to interview them, even write articles or a book about them. It could be someone like Nelson Mandela who has been freed or an anonymous person on death row. What would they want to know? What do students hope to learn from this?
3. Class Discussion: From the first few sentences of...
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