Lesson 1 (from Chapter One, The Dung Heap)
Chapter One, The Dung Heap
Karen Cushman is an award winning American writer of novels for young adults and children. Some of her novels are "Catherine, Called Birdy," "The Ballad of Lucy Whipple," and "Matilda Bone." This lesson discusses Karen Cushman, the author of the novel "The Midwife's Apprentice."
1) Library Research: Have students research Karen Cushman. Explore the other works she has written, as well as her personal background. Take a look at interviews and the author's website to gain insight on her writing and where "The Midwife's Apprentice" fits in with her other novels.
2) Presentation: Have students get into pairs and prepare a presentation, using their research on Cushman. Have each group read an excerpt from different novels written by Cushman during their presentation. At the end of the presentations, have students compare the tone and style of "The Midwife's Apprentice" with Cushman's other...
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