Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Maestro)
Chapter 1, Maestro
It is important in understanding a book to understand the author's background as well. Preparing for reading a book before beginning reading can aid in understanding, comprehension and analysis. The objective of this lesson is to explore the background of the author and make predictions based on the title of the book.
1) Class activity: Working as a full class, the teacher hands out a brief biography on the author, Philip Roth. Students create a master list on the chalkboard or overhead of details from Roth's life that might be important to his writing of the book. What are his beliefs? What circumstances did he encounter throughout his life? What are his relationships like? The instructor creates a master list based on the students' responses and ideas from the biography.
2) In class writing: Individually students write a one-page response predicting what "The Ghost Writer...
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