Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
The beginning of The Last Command introduces the main characters and establishes the book's writing style. This lesson is about the techniques used by the author to develop the characters and set the literary tone.
1) Class Discussion: What are the main characters in The Last Command? How many of them are from the original Star Wars movies? Does the class think that the author relies on the reader's knowledge of those movies to develop those characters? Why or why not? Is this a good technique to use, or should Zahn have instead provided more background on the characters? Which characters will have the most impact on the story and why?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take fifteen minutes and write three techniques that Zahn uses to introduce the characters that are not from the original Star Wars, including new characters and ones...
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