Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Setting. The setting or location of any novel is often as important as the characters. The year is 1809 and England is close to being in a war with America.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will research Europe around the early 1800s, writing a paper on some finding in the research that interest the students and which are relevant to Desolation Island.
2. Class discussion. Could this novel had been set anywhere? How do the settings make this a unique story? How does the settings differ from the where this class lives? How do the settings affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work. In groups students will research a setting in the world at present, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which the novel would have been different...
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