Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Setting. The setting or location of any novel is often as important as the characters. The Baron in the Trees begins in 1767 in Italy. It takes place after the War of Succession and during Napoleon's drive to conquer the world.
This lesson will look at the novel's setting.
1. Homework. Students will research Italy in the middle 1700s, especially in regards to government, culture, etc. and write a short paper on the setting.
2. Class discussion. Could this novel had been set anywhere? Were the tress in America or Russia similar to those in Italy? How did the author make this setting unique? 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 in America, for example, Pennsylvania, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which the novel...
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