Lesson 1 (from Chapters One and Two)
Setting. This novel is set in Tuscany, Italy in the late 1930s.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of Up at the Villa and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it were set in the twenty-first century?
2. Class discussion: Could Up at the Villa have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Italy in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters, the plot, and the themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work: In groups, students will research a setting that might be similar and discuss the ways in which Karl's life would have been different set in another time or place.
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