Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Genre is a type of literary work. Often a book's genre is identified on the cover or binding. Other times, such as with "The Neon Rain," the back cover copy establishes the book as being from the mystery genre. Literary elements such as character, setting, plot, and tone can all contribute to creating a mystery. The objective of this lesson is to learn about the mystery genre.
1) Class Discussion: What is genre? Identify the genre of "The Neon Rain." Discuss how you know the genre of this book. List elements that establish the genre. Be specific. Are these elements in other books of the same genre?
2) Small Group Discussion: Divide the students into groups of three or four. What other genre or category descriptions might be used to classify "The Neon Rain"? Discuss whether mystery, thriller, suspense, and adventure mean the same thing or are...
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