Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
As Darkest Fear begins, the reader is confronted by the mysterious, fast paced mood that Harlan Coben establishes early in the book. Within the first couple of chapters, Coben reveals Myron's background, the Downing's tragic problem and Myron's various business associates. The purpose of this lesson plan is to understand the power of an introduction in an ongoing book series. This can either gain the reader's interest or cause them to stop reading the book.
1. In 2 pages write the beginning of a short story. Think about the following:
How much would you like to reveal about the actual plot and characters as the story begins?
What mood will you establish in a short amount of time?
How will the mood of the story affect the tone of the story?
2. With a partner, choose a character who is present in the first five chapters of the...
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