Lesson 1 (from Chapter One through Chapter Two)
Chapter One through Chapter Two
The primary setting for the book is the fictional town of Coal Station, Virginia in the 1950s. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Coal Station and its impact on its residents.
What does the author reveal about the fictional town of Coal Station, Virginia, in this book? What image does the reader have of a rural area in Virginia in the 1950s? What does the author insert into the book that could have only happened in a small town in Virginia? What are some specific points, cultural events, landmarks, etc. that mark the location as Virginia?
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...
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