Objective: Gary Paulsen is the author of "The River." The objective of this lesson is to discuss Gary Paulsen and his writing.
1) Research: Read biographical information about Gary Paulsen. Write the answers to these questions: When and where was Paulsen born? When did reading become important to Paulsen? When did he leave home? What type of a life did he live after leaving home? How many times has Paulsen run the Iditarod? Has Paulsen lived the type of life that some of his book characters have lived?
2) Class Discussion: Use reference material as needed. When and why did Paulsen decide to become a writer? When did Paulsen begin to focus intensely upon his writing? What drives Paulsen to write? Does he usually write in a particular genre? Are his books based on true stories? What is a common theme in Paulsen's books? Does he write anything other...
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