Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 6)
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. Setting in the fantasy genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the differences between the fantasy world and the "real" world.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Born at Midnight" and set it in the "real" world, 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 characters in "Born at Midnight's" world differ from the students' world? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work. In groups students...
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