Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Slaughter on Fifth Avenue)
In Chapter 1, "Slaughter on Fifth Avenue," the author, Neil Gaiman, describes the journey of a character called Barbie into a dream land. The book examines the inner fantasies of a person and suggest that a person has a lot more going on internally than is visible on the outside. Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and setting. The objective of this lesson is to examine how the writing style of this section reveals the genre of this book as fantasy.
1) Class Discussion: What is fantasy? Begin with a discussion of this popular genre. Identify elements of fantasy in this chapter. There are two worlds introduced in the first chapter. They are the real world of New York and the dream world or the Land. What does the author reveal about the characters in...
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