Lesson 1 (from Forward and Prologue)
Abraham Verghese was chosen to write the foreword to Paul Kalanithi's memoir. The aim of this lesson is to examine who Abraham Verghese is and why he might have been chosen to write the foreword.
Class Discussion: Why did Verghese believe his foreword could have been an afterword? When did Verghese come to really know Paul? How did Verghese first "meet" Paul? How did the two meet? What did they discuss during their meeting? How much did they keep in touch after that meeting? Why didn't they ever meet again? What did Verghese think about Paul's writing? Why did Verghese compare Paul's writing to some of his favorite writers? What did Verghese discover during Paul's memorial service? What did Verghese want readers to do as they read the book?
Activity: Divide the students into small groups. Have each group research Abraham Verghese and write a...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3(e), 9-10.7, 11-12.3(e), 11-12.7
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