The Big Lie Teaching Guide

This teaching guide for The Big Lie , an intriguing story of what an alternative history would entail today, includes discussion questions geared towards student understanding and Common Core Standards. The discussion questions delve into topics relating to the novel, such as feminism, revolutions, sexuality, and protests.
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The Big Lie
Author: Julie Mayhew

Nazi England, 2014. Jessika Keller is a good girl — a champion ice skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich. Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed. Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without? Haunting, intricate, and unforgettable, The Big Lie unflinchingly interrogates perceptions of revolution, feminism, sexuality, and protest. Back matter includes historical notes from the author discussing her reasons for writing an “alt-history” story and the power of speculative fiction.

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