Objective: Chapter 1, Part 1 The story is written about people in Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, at the end of 1930. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of this area and its impact on the story.
1) Lead the class in a discussion about local color. Begin with a definition and ask the class to validate their understanding by offering examples from the book. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from this region during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the novel. Could this story take place anywhere else but the Pennsylvania in the 1930s? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots in into this particular time period?
For homework, have the students...
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