Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5: The Catch; Hector Goes into a Sponge State and Has a Satori; Boys, Dogs, Science Fiction; Rodeo Show; Leg Buds)
Setting. "Criss Cross" takes place in a small town in America.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Criss Cross" and set it in a big city, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in New York City?
2. Class discussion. Could "Criss Cross" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Seldem differ from the students' hometown? How did 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 which the teens' lives would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write a short paper...
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