Lesson 1 (from Part One, Fall:Chapters 1-5)
Setting. Montana Sky is set in modern times at a private, working ranch in Montana.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of Montana Sky 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 1930?
2. Class discussion: Could Montana Sky have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Montana differ from the students' hometown? How did 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 Willa's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work: Students will write a short paper...
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