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Everything you need to know before reading. Tuesdays with Morrie. Mentor, role-model, inspiration. Tuesdays with Morrie is a loving tribute to the author’s former professor, Morrie Schwartz. On your handout, write down the name of someone you know who has had an impact on your life.

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Mentor role model inspiration
Mentor, role-model, inspiration

  • Tuesdays with Morrie is a loving tribute to the author’s former professor, Morrie Schwartz.

  • On your handout, write down the name of someone you know who has had an impact on your life.

    • This person can be a teacher, instructor, or coach.

    • Sorry, family members CANNOT be used for this.

  • Next, explain how this person has made a difference in your life.

    • Be specific! We will come back to this.

Fiction nonfiction
Fiction & Nonfiction



  • Focuses on the imagined world

  • Prose, poetry, drama

  • Movies, except for documentaries, are considered fiction

  • Focuses on the real world

  • Articles, editorials, legal documents, personal accounts, biography & autobiography

  • Claims to describe reality, even when fabricated

Mitch albom
Mitch Albom

  • Author of Tuesdays with Morrie

    • Also wrote The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, & Have a Little Faith

  • Born in NJ in 1958

  • Graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1979 with a B.A.

    • Here is where he met his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz

  • Graduated from Columbia University in 1982 with Master’s Degree

  • Failed as a boxer & nightclub musician

    • Begins writing for sports: finds successful job at the Detroit Free Press and stars in his on sports radio show “Monday Sports Albom.”

    • Reconnects with his mentor, Morrie, in 1995 and begins visits that will become the basis for the book

Morrie schwartz
Morrie Schwartz

  • Born in 1916

  • Began teaching sociology in 1959 at Brandeis University

  • Retires in 1995 when his illness becomes too much of an interference to his work

    • Suffers from ALS, terminally paralyzing disease

    • Gains fame for resolution to make the most of life during his last days

    • Interviewed by Ted Koppel for ABC’s Nightline

      • Reconnects with former student, Mitch, after Mitch sees Morrie on TV


  • Full name: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

    • Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease

  • Affects neurological system

    • Gradual loss of control

    • Paralysis

  • No known cure

  • Terminal

Tied to the 90s
Tied to the ‘90s

  • Book takes place in the mid-1990s

    • Cell phones were just coming into regular use

      • No texting, games, or music yet

      • Walkman was the way to make music portable

      • People still used pagers

    • Computers hooked up to the internet through modems

      • Years before AOL, Yahoo, and Google

      • A decade before Facebook or Twitter

    • O.J. Simpson Trial: trial of the decade

      • More on the next slide!

If it does not fit you must acquit
“If it does not fit, you must acquit…”

  • O.J. Simpson

    • Former NFL player & actor accused of murdering his ex-wife & her boyfriend

  • Trial shown on live T.V.

    • Nation was obsessed with following it

    • Those involved with trial become celebrities in their own right

    • Think Anna Nicole Smith trial, Lindsay Lohan trial, Casey Anthony trial

  • Novel uses trial as a backdrop for values of popular culture in America

Because we re tuesday people
“Because we’re Tuesday people.”

  • Mitch & Morrie meet on Tuesdays, the day when Morrie used to hold his office hours at Brandeis.

  • Story structured as though it is a college course.

    • Motif: a recuring subject, theme, or idea in a literary work.

  • Book is divided up into Tuesday visits

The syllabus
The Syllabus

  • The 1st Tuesday: We Talk About World

  • The 2nd Tuesday: We Talk About Feeling Sorry for Yourself

  • The 3rd Tuesday: We Talk About Regrets

  • The 4th Tuesday: We Talk About Death

  • The 5th Tuesday: We Talk About Family

  • The 6th Tuesday: We Talk About Emotions

  • The 7th Tuesday: We Talk About the Fear of Aging

  • The 8th Tuesday: We Talk About Money

  • The 9th Tuesday: We Talk About How Love Goes On

  • The 10th Tuesday: We Talk About Marriage

  • The 11th Tuesday: We Talk About Our Culture

  • The 12th Tuesday: We Talk About Forgiveness

  • The 13th Tuesday: We Talk About the Perfect Day

  • The 14th Tuesday: We Say Good-bye