Lesson 1 (from The Betrothed, The Bridegroom, and The Rose and the Thistle)
The Betrothed, The Bridegroom, and The Rose and the Thistle
The author of "The Rose and the Thistle," Jean Plaidy, is one of the more prolific writers of the twentieth century. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about Jean Plaidy as the author of the text.
1) Have students write for ten minutes in response to the following prompt: "Why is knowing information about the author important when reading a text?"
2) Class Discussion: Discuss some information about Plaidy. Who was she? How many pseudonyms did she write under? What kind of books did she write? Why were her books so popular? What transitioned her from a struggling author to a highly successful one? What were the themes of her novels? Why did these themes resonate so strongly with her readers? What made her writing career last so long? What makes her books still...
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