Objective: Chapters 1 through 3 War Comes to Willy Freeman takes place in New York during the American Revolutionary War. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1) Group Work: In groups, students will rewrite the basic plot of War Comes to Willy Freeman and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in World War I or II?
2) Class Discussion: Could War Comes to Willy Freeman have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in America in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
3) Homework: In groups students will research the role of African Americans in the American Revolutionary War writing a brief paper on their...
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