Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Setting. This book is set in Louisiana in Cajun territory.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of this novel and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Louisiana differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important? Does the fact that Dave is from Louisiana in Cajun territory affect the book?
3. Group work. In groups students will research a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Dave's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write a short paper on how the...
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