Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1 and Chapter 2)
Chapter 1 and Chapter 2
"Deadfolk" is a novel by British author Charlie Williams. In the style of hardboiled crime fiction, the narrative centers on the story of a young thug named Royston Blake and events pertaining to the death of Blake's wife, Beth, in an after-hours fire at a bar. In this lesson, students are introduced to the book and will research and discuss Charlie Williams and the genres of satire and hardboiled crime fiction.
1) Teacher Lecture: Introduce the students to the book and author. "Deadfolk", published in 2004, is a satirical hardboiled crime novel and a part of the Mangel Trilogy, about nightclub doorman Royston Blake and set in the fictional town of Mangel, which is based loosely on Worcester, England.
2) Research Activity: Allow students time in the beginning of class to conduct independent research on the author Charlie Williams and the Mangel Trilogy. What criticism...
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