Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Chapters 1 and 2
Stephen King wrote "The Long Walk" under the pseudonym of "Richard Bachman." Upon starting the book, readers can tell that this isn't a typical King story. The objective of this lesson is to learn about the author's use of a pseudonym.
1) Class Discussion: What is a pseudonym? Have the class discuss the reasons that authors might use pseudonyms. What might the effect have been if "The Long Walk" was originally published under the name of Stephen King? What opinions do you have in approaching this as a work of fiction by Stephen King versus a work of fiction by an unknown author? When was this book first published?
2) Small Groups: Divide the students into groups of three or four. Have the students read and discuss the Introduction, "The Importance of Being Bachman." King talks about Bachman as another character or perhaps a real...
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