Lesson 1 (from The Letter and Chapters 1-5)
This novel is introduced as being a series of letters written by Mr. Markham. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the use of this technique.
1) Class discussion: Who is Mr. Markham writing a letter to? Why does he say he is writing the letter? Why is Mr. Markham reluctant to write the letter? What does Mr. Markham promise to do over the course of several letters? Why does he say it will take several letters? Does Mr. Markham appear to be telling the truth? Why or why not? How does Mr. Markham feel about letter writing? How does Mr. Markham introduce people in his letters? How does he explain his personal background? How does Mr. Markham share his feelings?
2) Pair work: In pairs, students will make a chart that lists the benefits of using letters to tell a story and the drawbacks to...
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