Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapters 1 and 2)
Prologue and Chapters 1 and 2
The Weasel is introduced in this beginning section of the book. Discuss antagonists.
1) Class Discussion: The Weasel is living happily in Salvador, Brazil despite the fact that he is a wanted criminal. Discuss this character with students. Discuss the Weasel's criminal behavior, the fact that he appeared in previous Alex Cross novels and the implication that he will be hunted again by Alex Cross in this novel.
2) Antagonists: Ask students to define antagonists. Ask students how to identify the antagonist in a novel. Discuss if there can be more than one antagonist. Discuss how the reader knows that the Weasel is an antagonist based on these early sections of the novel.
3) Group Work: Divide students into groups. Give students a list of literary terms, such as antagonist, protagonist, theme, and style. Ask students to define each term.
4) Homework: Define antagonist. Write...
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