Lesson 1 (from Section 1: pages 9-19)
"Sharpe's Skirmish" occurs in 1812 while Sharpe is on campaign in Spain. British troops occupy Spain to help drive out French forces.
The objective of this lesson is to analyze the setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Sharpe's Skirmish" 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 "Sharpe's Skirmish" have 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 research a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Sharpe's life would have been different set...
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