Lesson 1 (from Book 1: Chapters 1-3)
Setting. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is a usually carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of this play and write a brief paper on World War I especially as it relates to Joe's experiences.
2. Class discussion. Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Joe's location 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 in the present time, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which Joe's life would have been different...
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