Lesson 1 (from Part 1, Chapters 1-4)
Setting. This novel takes place in the Changi POW camp in 1945.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of King Rat and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in World War I?
2. Class discussion. Could King Rat have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Japan, England, America in this era 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 the Changi POW camp and compare their findings to the camp in the novel, listing the differences between the camp they found in their research and the camp in...
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