Lesson 1 (from Friend of My Youth)
"Friend of My Youth"
The settings for most of the stories in this book are small towns in Canada in the late-20th century . The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of small town Canada and its impact on the stories.
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 these stories ones from small towns in Canada during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the book. Could these stories take place anywhere else but Canada in the late-20th century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of the...
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