Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Setting. Chapter 1 is critical to an understanding of the text; it introduces nearly all of the dominant characters and establishes the setting and time period of the historically-based narrative.
1. Homework. Students will research Europe around the early 1800s, writing a paper on some finding in the research that interest the students and which are relevant to THE SURGEON'S MATE.
2. Class discussion. Could this novel had been set anywhere? How do the settings make this a unique story? How does the settings differ from the where this class lives? How do the settings affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work. In groups students will research a setting in the world at present, where the setting might be similar and discuss the ways in which the novel would have been different had it been in the researched setting.
4. Class work...
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