Objective: Setting. Where a play, book or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Waiting for Normal" and set it in another era, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the 1800's?
2. Class discussion. Could "Waiting for Normal" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in "Waiting for Normal" differ from the students' hometown? How did 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 and discuss the ways in which Addie's life would have been different set in another time or place...
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