Lesson 1 (from Thirteen Days, to Page 34)
Thirteen Days, to Page 34
Thirteen Days is non-fiction and an autobiography, but it is also a self-proclaimed memoir. A memoir is a type of autobiography that has specific attributes. For example, autobiographies will typically detail the life of the author from birth to the point they are writing, while a memoir is focused on a specific time in the writer's life. Traditionally, memoirs are written by politicians or military leaders and do not focus on the author's feelings, but rather on a public event. Moreover, memoirs will sometimes focus on other people rather than the author. The objective for today's lesson is to identify Thirteen Days as a memoir.
1) Class Discussion: As a class, create a working definition of non-fiction, autobiography, and memoir. Have students keep these definitions in their notes. Then ask the following questions: What are the characteristics of an autobiography? How is...
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