Objective: In this chapter, the author, Jean Auel, begins to set the stage for a story set in prehistoric Europe. She is a master at description. The objective of this lesson is to examine the setting of the story.
1) Class Discussion:
The Clan of the Cave Bear is set between 25,000 and 35,000 years ago in prehistoric Europe during the Ice Age. How does the first chapter set the scene? Discuss various clues throughout the first chapter that provide hints about the setting of the story. Be sure to include things like the hide-covered lean-to used as a shelter, the lack of people and civilization, and the presence of the now-extinct cave lion.
In Class Task:
What are the elements that make up a good description? Have the students make a list of literary devices that make a good description. Include things like adjectives, adverbs, simile, metaphor, and images...
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