Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Pages 7 - 22; and Part 2: Pages 23 - 36)
Setting. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and set it in another era, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the 1940's?
2. Class discussion. Could "13 Little Blue Envelopes" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Europe differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work. In groups students will research a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which...
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