Lesson 1 (from Part I: Lost Letters)
Setting is 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 this novel and set it in a small town in America, explaining how the different setting changes the novel.
2. Class discussion. Could this novel had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Czechoslovakia in the the time from 1948-19970 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 anywhere in the world where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in...
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