Lesson 1 (from About Pentominoes and about this Story, About the Artwork: A Challenge to the Reader, and Chapter One)
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.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Chasing Vermeer" 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 1950's?
2. Class discussion. Could "Chasing Vermeer" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Chicago in this era differ from the students' hometown? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? 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...
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