Lesson 1 (from Chapter One)
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. State of Wonder takes place primarily in Brazil in the Amazon jungle in the present time.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of State of Wonder 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 1945?
2. Class discussion. Could State of Wonder have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Brazil 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...
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