Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
"The Endless Steppe" is an autobiographical account of Esther Rudomin's life. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the genre of "The Endless Steppe."
1) Research: Look up the following terms and write definitions: genre, non-fiction, fiction, memoir, autobiography, and biography. Write the answers to these questions: What is the difference between non-fiction and fiction? What is the difference between an autobiography and a biography? Is a memoir a type of autobiography? Why or why not? Would a memoir be considered a subclass of the autobiography genre? Why or why not?
2) Class Discussion: What is the subject matter of "The Endless Steppe"? Does the book focus on one person? Who was narrating the story? Are the events in the book ones that Esther experienced directly? Would the book be considered a biography or autobiography? What part of Esther's life does the book cover? Could the...
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