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This 15 slide presentation introduces students to 5 of the methods used to create suspense in the thriller Ransom by Lois Duncan, focusing on foreshadowing, gradual increase in risk, irony, cliffhanger, and alternating perspectives. Included with the presentation is a 4 page black and white guided notes organizer to help students record key information and respond to prompts. Both the presentation and notes pages are included in both PDF and PowerPoint (editable) formats (please see the note to teachers for details on accessing fonts).
This presentation can be used on its own or in conjunction with other activities for the novel Ransom.
*Please note: this resource does not include the text Ransom.*
Study the book that inspired the movie Held for Ransom (2000), and heralded Lois Duncan's debut as a writer of horror and suspense. Written before I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin, Ransom follows the fate of 5 kidnapped students, and was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe award.
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