Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
True Grit is a novel by American author Charles Portis. First published as a serial in 1968 in The Saturday Evening Post, the novel tells the story of Mattie Ross, a fourteen-year-old girl who sets out to avenge her father’s murder. True Grit has been adapted to film twice, in a 1969 movie starring John Wayne, and later in a 2010 adaptation starring Jeff Bridges. In this lesson, students will research author Charles Portis and will identify and discuss the structure and genre of True Grit.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the biography and works of Charles Portis. Where was Portis born? How many novels has he written? What were the public and critical responses to True Grit? Where was the novel first published in serial format?
Class Activity: As a class, define “genre” in literature and identify the genre of True Grit. How did the serial...
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