Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Prologue, 1967, pages 3-47)
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 "To the End of the Land" and set it in another country, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the United States or some country in Europe?
2. Class discussion. Could "To the End of the Land" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Israel during the time of the book differ from the students' hometown? How does the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
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