A Lesson Before Dying: What Makes a Book Great?

This A Lesson Before Dying: What Makes a Book Great? lesson plan also includes:

How can you define the greatness of a novel? Have kids evaluate A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines in the context of other literature that they consider to be great. Once they discuss whether the novel will stand the test of time, they write about being the voice of a generation and leaving a legacy. For homework, they finish the rough draft of their final essays.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider making the lesson a cornerstone of your curriculum, with each unit framed around the central question "What makes a book great?"

  • A great way to take your unit to the evaluation step of Bloom's Taxonomy
  • Comes with all auxiliary materials in a zip file and linked from the main resource page

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