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Unit 1: Plot, Setting & Mood

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Verónica Guijarro

on 15 August 2016

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Transcript of Unit 1: Plot, Setting & Mood

Why can a story
affect you as it does?

The Setting
The time and place in which the story takes place.
Find: details that suggest time of day / year, season, historical period, etc.
Activity #7
In teams of 3 or 4, brainstorm a list of 3
popular stories from literature or films / TV series.

Name the setting of each story and a story element that is affected by the setting. What helped you identify it? Record it in your notebooks.
Activity #8
Imagine you are going to write a work of fiction based on real life events to describe your first days in high school.

In one paragraph, describe your story's setting using as many details as possible. Avoid short sentences!
Harrison Bergeron
What if everyone were the same?
Unit 1: Plot, Setting & Mood
by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Image by: The Sunday Times
The Plot
Series of scenes that trace a conflict or struggle between opposing forces.
Activity #1
In teams of 3 or 4, brainstorm one well-known story from literature and discuss the plot briefly.
Match the plot details with the stages shown on the plot diagram.
Satiric writer who talked
about sobering topics: war,
brutality and fear of
technology using dark
humor, fantasy &
Main Conflict
Struggle with the U.S. Society in the year of 2081. Harrison & the government oppose each other.
Advantages VS Disadvantages of everyone being the same. Record it in your notebooks.
HW: Read the story (pp. 38-45)
Class #2
Government Control?
How much control do you think a government should have in the lives of its citizens?
What controls are appropriate?
When does the role of government go too far?
Class #3
Summarize the main conflict.
How is it resolved?
How does the resolution help to make the story successful?

Activity #2
The story's plot
Activity #3
Compare & Contrast
Harrison's Parents
Critical Thinking
Considering how the government punishes people for removing lead balls from their handicaps, what would you do, if you were the Handicapper General, to punish Harrison?
Class #4
Activity #4
Draw Conclusions
In teams of 4, make a chart like the one shown to make 10 different notes about the society portrayed by Vonnegut. Include your own thoughts & reactions towards it.
Activity #5
Would society have been better off with Harrison in charge? Use a chart like this one to predict the effects of Harrison becoming an emperor.
Class #5
Activity #6: Journal
Write a brief paragraph to talk about your feelings towards this reading. Did you like it? How did it make you feel? What does it leave you with?
Portraying a setting
HW: Read Staying In Galveston pp. 163-166
Do you prefer having most of the details left to your imagination or do you like having the setting clearly defined?
What books can you think of that use setting as a major element in the plot?
Do you ever choose books to read based on their setting?
Have you ever felt unsafe?
Class #6
Activity #9
The Nuts & Bolts
One word description
Supporting words in text
Activity #10
Changing Setting
Imagine that this article didn't happen in Galveston. Change the setting to any other place you would like & describe it.
How does the story change?
Does it have the same effect on you?
Flash Fiction & Twitter Tales
Class #7
So far, we've reviewed what the plot and the setting are.
Debate: Can an entire story (with plot & setting) exist in just two sentences?
Activity #11
Write a "Twitter Tale" (2 sentence-story). Switch your notebook with a partner & have him read your work. He /she should describe how he / she imagines the setting of your story below your writing.
Twitter Tales
Scanning through my phone's photo library, I found a picture of me asleep in my bed. I live alone.
Frederic Edwin Church
The Mood
Literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions.
Different from TONE: the attitude of a
towards a subject or an audience. Conveyed through the choice of words or the viewpoint of a writer on a particular subject.
Class #8
Narrative poem:
Julia Álvarez
Poem that tells a story. It contains characters, setting & a plot driven by a conflict
Setting in Exile
Two settings?
How can you describe them?
What is the plot of this poem?
Your own exile?
Have you ever felt exiled? Keep in mind that exile doesn't have to necessarily mean physically.
Meet the Author:
Julia Álvarez
American-Born Immigrant: her family came from the Dominican Republic (ruled by Rafael Trujillo, a cruel dictator).
She had to adjust to a new language, a new country and a new culture: losing a homeland and a country.
Rafael Trujillo
Activity #12
"Staying in Galveston, a Park Bench for Shelter" consists of a number of interviews: the information is not in chronological order.
Create a timeline based on the information in the article.
Chronological Order
Analyzing Plot & Setting
What did you find useful about the timeline?
Does it help you understand better the plot & the setting?
Activity #13
Tone & Music
Listen to the music & draw how it makes you feel. Then write one word to describe it.
Tone in music: choice of instruments, tempo & volumes.
How is tone created by the writer?
HW: Read "Exile"
pp. 142-144
Class #9
3 times president of the Dominican Republic
Cruel Dictator.
In-Text Example
"I let myself lie back in the deep waters,
my arms out like Jesus' on His cross,
and instead of sinking down as I'd always done, magically, that night, I could stay up."
The speaker is not literally floating in water. What is she actually doing? *Figurative language
Figurative Language
Language that has meaning beyond the literal meaning (figure of speech).
Note: Types of Setting
Backdrop Setting: not important / relevant to the story- it could happen any time and anywhere.
Integral Setting: it influences the characters, theme and action in the story.
What is a conflict?
Literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces. There are 4 types:
a) Man vs Man
b) Man vs Nature
c) Man vs Society
d) Man vs Self
Houston, we have a problem!
How can you describe the mood?
Conflict in Exile
What conflict does the speaker recognize?
Escaping the Dominican Republic.
New challenges in the US?
Type of conflict?
Activity #14
One word description
Supporting words in text
The Nuts & Bolts Exile
Activity #15
Julia Álvarez
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