Objective: Chapter 1 Given that "Three Men in a Boat" is considered to be semi-autobiographical about a river journey in Jerome's own life, it is important to consider what influences his life may have had on the novel. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about Jerome K. Jerome and how his life influenced "Three Men in a Boat."
1) Focusing Exercise: Have students write for 5 minutes in response to the following prompt: Why is knowing information about the author important when reading a text? Collect their responses.
2) Class Lecture: Lecture the class for 5-10 minutes with some information about Jerome K. Jerome. Who was he? What is he known for? What was his life like? What was his childhood like (especially after the death of his parents)? What inspired him to write "Three Men in a Boat"? What has happened over the years in regard to...
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