Lesson 1 (from Pages 1 - 29)
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 geographic setting for "Wintergirls" is not specifically mentioned, although there is snow so it is probably not the far south. It is in modern times in America.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Wintergirls" 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 1940's?
2. Class discussion. Could "Wintergirls" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in "Wintergirls" differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes...
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