Lesson 1 (from Book I, The Drowned City)
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 historical novel genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the world at the time of the novel.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Fugitive Pieces" 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 World War I or after the U.S. Civil War?
2. Class discussion. Could "Fugitive Pieces" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Greece and Canada in this era differ from the students' hometown? How...
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