Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 and 2)
Chapters 1 and 2
The setting for the book is the state of Maine in the late 20th century. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Maine and its impact on its residents.
1) Class Discussion: What does the author reveal about the state of Maine in this book? What image does the reader have of this region of New England? What does the author insert into the book that could have only happened in this area of New England? What are some specific points, cultural events, landmarks, etc. that mark the location as related to Maine?
2) Class Discussion: 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, and clothing? What other elements can the students define...
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