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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