Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
Much of this novel takes place in the boyhood home of narrator William Ashenden. Blackstable is a seaside town in Kent County in southeastern England between the Thames River and the Straits of Dover in the early 1900'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 era, explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could Cakes and Ale had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Blackstable differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters, the plot, and 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 William's life would have been different set...
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