Lesson 1 (from Introduction, Chapter 1)
Setting. This book is set in a fantasy world which is also in the real world, where magic exists.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Class discussion. Could The Field Guide have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
2. Group work. Create a chart comparing the real world to the world of The Field Guide.
3. In-class writing: Students will write a short paper on how the town in which they reside currently and attend school has shaped their lives.
4. Homework: Write an informal argument/persuasion essay taking the stand that The Field Guide's world would be either better or worse to live in than the real world. Support your essay with specific examples.
Lesson 2 (from Introduction, Chapter 1)
Jared is upset that...
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