Lesson 1 (from "Setting the Scene (1925)" | "Potato Pancakes (1929)")
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.
The object of this lesson is to learn about setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of this play and set it in a large city, explaining how the different setting changes the play.
2. Class discussion. Could this story had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people differ from the students' hometown? 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 in a Nazi-held country where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which the story might be different set in another country.
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