Lesson 1 (from Introduction)
Hesse says biographies are usually about people who have distinguished themselves in some way and the meaning of their personality has changed over the times.
The aim of this lesson is to examine biographies.
1) Divide the students to two groups and ask them to examine the following sentence: In this novel Hesse uses the form of a biography as a ironic statement. One group should think of an argument in support of the statement and the other group should think of an argument against. Conduct a debate between the two sides.
2) Ask the students to rewrite the opening page into the style of a novel.
3) With the students, discuss biographies and Hesse's use of the biography format in the Glass Bead Game. What do the students think are the conventions of a biography? What type of language do biography writers use? With the students plan...
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