Objective: "Under A Cruel Star: A Life In Prague 1941-1968 " by Heda Margolius Kovaly, is a memoir, which is a sub-class of the autobiography genre. This book is an example of a memoir because it tells the story of a time in someone's life. "Under A Cruel Star," is a story about life in Prague from the 1940s until the 1960s, and is told by Heda Margolius Kovaly, a woman who experiences the tumultuous period in history firsthand. This lesson discusses the genre of the work, "Under A Cruel Star."
1) Library Research: Have students research the memoir genre. What are the characteristics of a memoir? What is the difference between a memoir and an autobiography? Why is "Under A Cruel Star" considered a memoir? Have students write a report on the genre and why this book is considered an example of this genre.
2) Class Discussion: Discuss the...
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