Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1, 2 and 3)
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. Setting in the fantasy genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the differences between the fantasy world and the "real" world. Death Masks is set in present day America but unlike the real world magic and paranormal events and creatures exist.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of Death Masks and set it in the "real" world, explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Death Masks world differ from the students' world? How does the...
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