Lesson 1 (from Chapter One and Chapter Two)
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 fantasy genre is particularly important since oftentimes the reader must understand the differences between the fantasy world and the "real" world. "Princess Academy" is set in an imaginary world in a town called Mount Eskel.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Princess Academy" and set it on earth, explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could "Princess Academy" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in this world differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why...
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