Objective: 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 young adult mystery genre is important since oftentimes the setting is important to the solving of the mystery. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of Paper Towns 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 the 1940's?
2. Class discussion. Could Paper Towns have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Orlando in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the...
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