Lesson 1 (from Chapter One, Pages 1-51)
Chapter One, Pages 1-51
The setting of the novel is the the Southwest in New Mexico and Mexico. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of the Southwest 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 book. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from the Southwest 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 New Mexico and Mexico in the mid-20th century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slot in into this...
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