Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The setting of the play is the city of Detroit. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Detroit 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 identify that confirm this story takes place in Detroit during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the play. Could this story take place anywhere else but Detroit in the 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 discussion about local color in...
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