Obtain a copy of the film version of The Grass Harp, released in 1996, and let the class watch excerpts of the film. Have students write a one-page essay paper describing the structural and content differences between the two versions.
Dolly dresses in a very Victorian style of dress, and the other character costumes are described as more contemporary for their time. Give students an opportunity to research the style of dress that was popular during the 1930s/1940s in the rural south.
In the narrator's description of Riley's sports car, he defines it as an Alfa Romeo roadster. Give students the opportunity to research this car model (likely the earliest of the Alfa Romeos in the US circa 1938) and bring photos to the class, along with the more common cars of the period.
Have students look in their local newspaper for an...
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