Lesson 1 (from Part I, Chapters One through Six)
The setting of the novel is the city of San Francisco. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of San Francisco 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, and clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from San Francisco during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the story. Could this story take place anywhere else but San Francisco 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?
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