Kemper, who plays Erin Hannon on NBC's The Office and a contributor to The Onion and McSweeney's, writes how she was once assigned an essay to write about a topic on which she was an expert. A self-proclaimed "agonizer" over English papers, she came up with the idea of pretending she was a guest on David Letterman.
Adapting this idea for The Glass Castle, I put the students in pairs, with one being the host asking open-ended questions and the other being a character from the memoir. What ensued far exceeded my expectations listed below:
- The host must introduce his/her guest in a brief, yet accurate depiction. This includes name, profession, family, hobbies, interests, aspirations.
- The host must ask intriguing open-ended questions, questions which allow the audience a well-rounded view of the guest in question. Consider the entire memoir.
- The guest must answer questions thoroughly and accurately in full character. Consider using dialogue from the memoir.
- The host and guest must be able to correctly answer questions from the audience.