Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
VALIS is a Philip K. Dick science fiction novel about the nature and power of God.
The aim of this lesson is to introduce the book.
1. Class discussion. What do the students already know about Philip L. Dick? What can the students tell about the book by looking at its cover, reading the title and reading the definition of VALIS? What do the students expect from the book? Why do they expect these things to happen? To what extent do they think the novel will be fictional or autobiographical?
2. With the students look at the situations of each character in the opening chapter. Divide the students into pairs and ask the students to write down five opinions or thoughts Dick introduces the characters at this point of their lives, and to write down their possible significance to the rest of the book. After 10 minutes, ask...
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