Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
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. Class discussion. Could "Before We Were Free" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in The Dominican Republic in this era differ from the people in the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
2. Group work. In groups students will research a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Anita's life would have been different set in another time or place.
3. Class work. Students will write a short paper on how the town in which they reside currently...
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