Lesson 1 (from Chapters One through Four)
Doomsday Book has two settings, England in the near future and England in 1348 during the height of the black plague. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of the Doomsday Book and set it in another century, 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 the 21st. century differ from those in the Doomsday Book? 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 Kivrin's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write a short paper on how...
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