Everything you need to understand or teach A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck.
A Year Down Yonder is about a Chicago girl's year-long stay with her grandmother in a rural town during the height of the Great Depression. The town is full of eccentric personalities, not the least of which is the grandmother.
The narrator is fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, who is forced to live with her Grandma Dowdel in a small rural town in southern Illinois because her parents cannot afford to keep her. Mary Alice dreads being stuck in a hick town, and she is afraid of her imposing, stern grandmother.
Grandma immediately enrolls Mary Alice in school, and she is placed in Miss Butler's class. A bully, Mildred, calls Mary Alice the "rich Chicago girl" and rides home with Mary Alice in order to force her to give Mildred a dollar. Grandma bullies the bully by unhitching Mildred's horse and forcing the girl to walk home without shoes.
A Year Down Yonder Lesson Plans contain 132 pages of teaching material, including: