Why not use a wholistic technique to introduce a novel? Why not tear the chapters out and discover, not only a novel, its plot, themes, characters, but also deal with those elements as a group discovery? The technique should resemble a treasure hunt where the process of "getting there" is as exciting as arriving.
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