Lesson 1 (from 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 fantasy genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the differences between the fantasy world and the "real" world.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting in literature and the setting in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Class Discussion: Could Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Harry Potter's world differ from the students' world? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
Activity: In groups, students will discuss the ways in which Harry’s life would...
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