Introduction & Chapters 1-6
• The following version of this book was used to create this Lesson Plan: Ray, Janisse. Ecology of a Cracker Childhood. Milkweed Editions, 1999. E-book.
• In the Introduction, Janisse describes south Georgia, saying her people live there and that their lives are shaped by the physical environment that the land provides.
• In Chapter 1, Child of Pine, Janisse recalls her childhood in a rural area of Georgia.
• She lived in the small town of Baxley in Appling County.
• Baxley had a maximum population of only 3,500 people and both Janisse's home and her father's salvage business were on the family's property.
• Janisse relates the creation stories her parents had told her about finding her in a pile of pine needles, finding her brothers in a grapevine and huckleberry bush, respectively, and her sister inside of a cabbage.
• These creation stories were related to the fact that Janisse's parents were...
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