Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4: Barnabas, A Dubious Gift, New Possibilities, Company Stew)
The significance of place, or setting, in a novel, such as small town North Carolina in Karon's book, can contribute to the overall effect and meaning of a work of literature. The objective of Lesson #1 is to discuss the choice of setting in Chapters 1-4.
1) Classroom discussion: What description does Karon give about Mitford? What does she seem to think is most important about the area?
2) Writing assignment: In 2-3 paragraphs, summarize how the setting prepares the reader for the events and characters in Chapters 1-4. Why do you think Karon presented the setting in this way rather than placing the characters in an unidentified location?
3) Small group activity: Divide students into groups of 2-3 and ask them to share their essays with each other (see Writing assignment, above). Did group members describe similar ways in which the setting impacts the book? If so, discuss...
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