Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The setting of the play is a hotel in a small town of Fort Romper, Nebraska in the late-1800s. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Nebraska and its impact on the story.
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 story. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from Nebraska during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the story. Could this story take place anywhere else but Nebraska in the mid-19th century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots in into this particular time...
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