Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4)
Setting. Canyons is set in New Mexico in the present time and in the past around 1865.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of Canyons and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the 1700s and the 1800s?
2. Class discussion: Could Canyons have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Coyote Runs' era differ from the students' hometown? What about where Brennan lives? 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 Brennan's life would have been different set in another...
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