Objective: Letter I, Historia Calamitatum, Abelard to a Friend, the Story of His Misfortunes The first chapter introduces us to Abelard and to his writing style. This lesson discusses Abelard's writing and the way it reveals his strategies for using language to convey meaning.
1. Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs and analyze the writing style. How does Abelard write? What kinds of words does he use? How are his sentences structured?
2. Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Abelard's style. When or how does he vary from that cadence? What does he emphasize when he varies from his typical sentences? Ask each group to report to the class after some time for discussion.
3. Class Discussion: How would you characterize Abelard's values as a writer? What does he talk about? How does he use language to convey information about his own...
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