Kind of Activity:
Understand how John Knowles' autobiography influenced A Separate Peace
Common Core Standards:
In this activity, students will research John Knowles and have a class discussion about how his background informed the novel A Separate Peace.
First have students read John Knowles' interview "A Special Time, A Special Place", and have them take a look at the photo essay at Exeter's Separate Peace site to get a sense of the setting. Then have students split into groups and discuss, based on what they've read so far:
- What parts of the novel are autobiographical?
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