Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
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.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will research communities living near a nuclear power plant and write a paper on any research findings that illustrate differences between those communities and others without a power plant.
2. Class discussion. Could this novel had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How does the area around the power plant differ from the students? 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 in America, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which the novel would...
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