Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Setting. Hattie Big Sky is set in Montana during in 1917 during the first World War.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of Hattie Big Sky 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 the Napoleonic Wars or during the Revolutionary War?
2. Class discussion. Could "Hattie Big Sky" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Montana in this era 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 that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Hattie's life would have been different set in...
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