Lesson 1 (from Introduction, Chapter 1, The One-Flower Slippers)
This lesson focuses on the Introduction. It is a guide to the rest of the text, providing the reader a useful framework in which to fit Partnoy's accounts. When one has the timeline and the explanation of the events at the beginning of the novel, it is much easier to understand the work as a whole.
1) Small Groups: After reading the Introduction, make a list of important political events in Argentina during the time period. How did these events contribute to Partnoy's imprisonment in the Little School?
2) Class Activity: Using the introduction and the lists from the Small Groups, create a timeline of important events. The timeline should weave together the political turmoil of the time period and Partnoy's path to involvement.
3) In-class writing: Partnoy calls the political prisoners the "disappeared" Do you think this term is accurate? Why or why not? How were the...
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