Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 & 2)
Setting. "Yolanda's Genius" takes place in Grand River, Michigan in the present time.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework. Students will rewrite the basic plot of "Yolonda's Genius" and set it in another time, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in 1950?
2. Class discussion. Could "Yolonda's Genius" have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Michigan 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 Yolonda's life would have been different set in another time or place.
4. Class work. Students will write a short paper on how the...
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