This is a 58 page lesson plan for In Cold Blood written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, published in 1966, has been described
by reviewer George Steiner as “more than a book; it is a happening.” Critic Frederick Dupree considers it “the best documentary account of American crime ever written.” Capote biographer Kenneth Reed asserts that the book is a “virtual triumph in creative reporting ... supremely orchestrated in its progression and tone.” Capote placed In Cold Blood in a genre of his own inventing—that of the “non ction novel.” His experimentation with merging journalism and fiction writing proved to be both a critical and a commercial success."