Lesson 1 (from I. Beginning: Streets of Trees)
Setting. This novel is set near Lythe, England during various time periods ranging from the late 1500s through an unspecified time in the latter part of the 20th century.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Human Croquet" and set it in another country, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it were set in France rather than England?
2. Class discussion: Could "Human Croquet" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in England differ from the students' hometown? How does the setting affect the characters, the plot, and 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 Isobel's life...
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