Lesson 1 (from Chapters I and II)
"One-Eyed Cat" is set in a small town in New York in 1935.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will summarize the basic plot of "One-Eyed Cat" 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 1835?
2. Class discussion. "Could One-Eyed Cat" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in New York 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 a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Ned'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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