Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 4)
Chapters 1 through 4
Where a play, book, or story takes place often affects the characters' personalities and the possibilities for plot. Setting is usually a carefully considered item in an author's set-up for fiction. Small Steps is set primarily in Austin, Texas, but there is a small amount of action in San Francisco. The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1) Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of Small Steps and set it in another century, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it were set in the 1940's?
2) Class Discussion: Could Small Steps have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Austin differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters? The plot? The themes? Why is the setting important?
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