Objective: This lesson will focus on the author of "The Man in the Iron Mask," Alexandre Dumas, and the historical time period in which the novel was penned.
1) In class research: Introduce the novel by reading a short biographical paragraph about Alexandre Dumas, or a short list of interesting facts about the author. List other works by Dumas on the board (including prequels & sequels to "The Man in the Iron Mask"). Then instruct students to utilize the library to find out more specific biographical information on Alexandre Dumas. Encourage them to pay specific attention to the social/political/cultural climate that Dumas lived in and how that may have influenced his writings, specifically "The Man in the Iron Mask."
2) Writing Assignment: After students have had time to conduct research on Dumas, they should write a brief journal entry detailing their findings, noting interesting facts and any information...
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