Lesson 1 (from Press Start to Begin)
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. Setting in the fantasy genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the differences between the fantasy world and the "real" world.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of Level Up and set it in another era, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in 1940?
2. Class discussion. Could "Level Up" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Dennis' hometown differ from the students' hometown? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the...
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