Lesson 1 (from Lost in the Funhouse)
Where a play, short story 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. Lost in the Funhouse is set primarily in Ocean City, Maryland with a few scenes in the car on the way to Ocean City. It is during World War II, in the 1940’s.
The objective of this lesson is to understand setting and how it relates to the short story, why it is important and how an author sets up setting. The students should also be able to identify the setting in Lost in the Funhouse and how the setting relates to the story, the plot and the characters.
Class Discussion: Could Lost in the Funhouse have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people...
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