Daily Lessons for Teaching Swordspoint: A Novel

Ellen Kushner
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Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)

Objective

In the beginning of Swordspoint, two swordsmen are killed. The objective of this lesson is to examine the culture of the nobles and their reaction to death.

Lesson

1) As a class, read the beginning of the novel, covering Richard killing the two other swordsmen at the party. Discuss the reading. What importance does the death of the swordsmen have for the nobles? What importance does it have for Richard? Who might care about these characters and their deaths? Do the deaths seem real? Why or why not?

2) Ask each student to recall a scene in a book, movie, or TV show where someone died. What was the reaction to the death? How did the characters and the society in the story respond? Have students share their example with a partner and have the two partners compare their examples to the reactions to the swordsmens' deaths in...

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