Lesson 1 (from Prologue - Chapter 2)
Students will familiarize themselves with the novel's setting to gain insight into character development and plot expansion. Iceland's chilling, isolated geography forces characters into difficult circumstances, and due to these situations, the plot pushes forward in a unique and biting manner.
Class Discussion: Students recognize significant aspects of Icelandic geography to help them better understand the setting of the narrative and the effect it has on the characters and plot. Use a fairy tale as a basis to begin exploring setting associations: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Students read aloud the text making notes about the setting and how it affects the characters and plot. What strikes you about the setting? How does the setting determine the characters' behaviors? If this story took place in a disparate setting, how might the plot change?
Fairy Tale Analyzation: Students form pairs and complete three tasks: 1) Describe the...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.1, 9-10.1(a), 9-10.1(d), 11-12.1, 11-12.1(a), 11-12.1(d)
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