Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
Setting. "Deadline" takes place in a small town in Idaho in the present time.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Deadline" 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 early 1900's?
2. Class discussion. Could "Deadline" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in this small town in Idaho 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 Ben's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write...
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