Objective: 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. Floating in My Mother's Palm takes place in a small town in Germany called Burgdorf in the 1950s and 1960s. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of Floating in My Mother's Palm 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 1850?
2. Class discussion. Could Floating in My Mother's Palm have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Germany in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes...
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