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What's the Purpose?: Examining a Cold Manipulation of Language
|Grades||11 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Eight 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Definition List
- Part II: Persons Unknown
- In Cold Blood and "A Christmas Memory" Passages
- RAFT Scoring Guide
- RAFT Writing Template
- T-chart printout
- Truman Capote: His Life and Works
This is an interview by George Plimpton of the New York Times. It was printed in 1966, not very long after the publication of In Cold Blood. In this article, Capote answers questions about his writing style and methods.
- Distribute and provide reading assignments for In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Assign Part I before starting this lesson.
- Acquire a copy of Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” from the 1963 copy of The Selected Writings of Truman Capote. Make a class set for your classes to share.
- Print the following handouts for students to be used throughout the lesson.