Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4)
Setting. "The Californios" is set in Southern California in the mid-19th century.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "The Californios" 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 the 1990's?
2. Class discussion. Could "The Californios" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in California 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 Sean Mulkerin's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write...
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