Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1, 2 and 3)
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.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of this book and set it in the 19th. century, explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could this book had been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Wilkerson's time and location 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 in the present time, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which Wilkerson's life would have been...
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