Day 1

A Separate Peace Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

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    Author Background

    Kind of Activity:

    Classwide Discussion


    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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