Lesson 1 (from News in the Wind)
Elias Chacour grew up in the village of Biram, a small agricultural community in Palestine, in the 1940's. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of this play and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion: Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Palestine differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters, the plot, or 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 Chacour's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write a short paper on how the town in which they reside...
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