Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
This book is set in a remote valley in Pennsylvania in the United States sometime after the Bay of Pigs. The exact location of the valley is never given. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1) Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of Z for Zachariah 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 Z for Zachariah have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Europe 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...
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