Lesson 1 (from Architects and Chapter 1)
Architects and Chapter 1
Walter Isaacson has served as a political correspondent with a number of publications and television networks for more than 30 years. This lesson focuses on understanding Isaacson's perspective and motivations through the technique SOAPSTone.
1. Individual Activity: SOAPSTone "The Wise Men" by Walter Isaacson. Use the SOAPSTone technique to break down the piece:
a. What was the Subject of the Preface?
b. What was the Occasion for writing the Preface?
c. Who was the Audience Isaacson was trying to reach with the Preface?
d. What is the Purpose for writing the Preface?
e. Who was the Speaker in the Preface?
f. What is the Tone Augustine uses in the Preface?
2. Partner/small group activity: Provide students with a copy of Isaacson's autobiography from an easily accessible online encyclopedia (Very detailed and deeply focused references are from various sources with which Isaacson is connected). Ask...
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