Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapters 1 - 2)
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 science fiction genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the differences between the science fiction world and the "real" world. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
Class Discussion: Could Fasting, Feasting had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Fasting, Feasting differ from the students' hometown? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
Activity: Group work. In groups students will decide on a setting in America, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which Uma’s life would have been...
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