Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
"The House of Dies Drear" was written by popular children's author, Virginia Hamilton and was published in 1969. Hamilton won many prestigious awards for this and other books. When reading a book, it is important to understand the background of the author and why she may have decided to write "The House of Dies Drear." The objective of this lesson is to examine the background of Virginia Hamilton.
1) Pair Work: Library Research and Biography: Students should find information on Virginia Hamilton, including her upbringing, education, and her career. Students should write a 2-3 paragraph biography summarizing the information found on Hamilton.
2) Class Discussion: Who was Virginia Hamilton? When was she born? What was her childhood like? Where was she educated? What led her to writing children's books? Who encouraged her to write? How many books did she publish in total? What awards did she...
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