Objective: "Here on Earth" begins with setting information that includes the town history. Although setting encompasses both location and the time period in which a story takes place, Hoffman seems to be concentrating on the location. Setting details can add to a story by setting the mood. The objective of this lesson is to understand the significance of setting and background in "Here on Earth. "
1) Class Discussion: Define setting. Where does this story take place? What kind of setting details does the author use? How do the setting details affect the mood or tone of the story? Is this Fox Hill a happy place? How do you know?
2) Small Group Discussion: Instead of focusing on the present time, Hoffman talks about what happened 25 years ago and when the town was founded. Why is the author placing emphasis on the past instead of the present? What does Aaron...
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