Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Chapters 1 and 2
"Brunelleschi's Dome" took place in Italy. Like a novel or other fictional piece of literature, nonfiction also has a setting. However in nonfiction, the author is writing about a real place. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the setting of the book.
1) Class Discussion: When did the events in "Brunelleschi's Dome" take place? Where did Filippo grow up? Who did Filippo apprentice for? What was the climate like in Italy? When did Filippo first enter his trade? Where did Filippo live for thirteen years?
2) Partner Discussion: Where was Florence located? What type of community was it? Where was San Giovanni located? What type of community was it? What type of people lived in Florence? In San Giovanni? What was housing like in Florence? In San Giovanni?
3) Writing Assignment: Write about what Florence was like in 1418. Answer these questions in your writing...
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