Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4)
Most of The Sixteen Pleasures is set in 1966, in Florence, Italy, with one chapter set in London, England.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of The Sixteen Pleasures and set it in the present (early 21st century), explaining how the different setting changes the work.
2. Class discussion. Could The Sixteen Pleasures be set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in this country differ from the people of the students' hometown? How does 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 to that in The Sixteen Pleasures and discuss the ways in which Margot's and/or Alessandro's life would be different set in another time or place.
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