Objective: 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 science fiction genre is particularly important since often the reader must understand the differences between the science fiction world and the "real" world. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1) 1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of The Bar Code Tattoo and set it in the "real" world, explaining how a real setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could The Bar Code Tattoo had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in The Bar Code Tattoo's world differ from the students' world? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important...
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