Lesson 1 (from Chapter One, The Dark Lord Ascending - Two, In Memoriam)
The genre of a book is important to many people. Some only read mysteries, some only science fiction, while others only read mainstream novels.
The objective of this lesson is to look at genre.
1. Homework. Have the students research the genre of teen/child fantasy, writing a short paper on it. They may answer questions such as: who were early authors (such as C.S. Lewis with his Narnia Chronicles). How did they influence fiction during their era? How has the teen/child fantasy genre built upon early editions of it? Give some examples of parallels between modern fantasy and early fantasy. What are some of the differences? How does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows compare to other teen fantasy novels?
2. Class discussion Have the students identify why this book is teen fantasy and provide another example of a novel which would fall into...
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