Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Setting. The setting is established as the western frontier of Spain during a time of war--Napoleon's France threatens British survival and only Wellington's spectacular successes in the field can contain France's influence.
The object of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ 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 World War I or II?
2. Class discussion. Could RICHARD SHARPE AND THE SIEGE OF BADAJOZ been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Europe 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...
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