Objective: Setting. Most of "Homesick" takes place in China and the last two chapters take place in America in the early 1900's. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1) 1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Homesick" and set it in another era, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would have been different if it had been set in the 1950's?
2. Class discussion. Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in China 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 Jean's life would have been different set in another time or place.
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