Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1, 2 and 3)
Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Students may be unfamiliar with the specifics of this novel's genre. The objective for this lesson is for students to explore the genre of a "hard-boiled" crime novel.
1) Class definitions: Explain what the word "genre" means. The dictionary states that "genre" is a category of literature. It can also be different kinds of art. Introduce the genre that best describes this novel: a hard-boiled crime novel. The dictionary also says that a "hard-boiled" crime novel portrays crime and violence in an unsentimental and unemotional way. What does that sound like? What image is invoked? Students may say that "hard boiled" normally describes an egg. Such an egg is harder to break and since this is a crime novel, the case or mystery may be hard to "crack." Have students ever read such a novel? What genres are similar to this? Students might say...
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