Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Prologue and Chapters 1-2)
Part 1: Prologue and Chapters 1-2
The primary setting for the novel is Crow Lake, Ontario in Canada. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Ontario 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 Ontario during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the book. Could this story take place anywhere else but Ontario in the mid-late 20th century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots in into this particular time period?
Lead a class...
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