Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Chapter 1 skillfully sets up all the elements of this story. The objective of this lesson is to explore the fictional elements of the story.
Lead the class in a discussion of the elements of fiction. What elements does this chapter include? What elements, if any, are missing? Have the students discuss the elements that the author has established. How good is he at fleshing out the framework of necessary elements for a piece of fiction? Do they see any similarities to anything else they have read recently?
Divide the class into small groups and have them research fiction written by a Southern writer just as Ford is. What differences do they find in literature written by a Southern writer as opposed to writers of other regions? Do they think these differences are reflected in the author's succinct style reflected in Chapter 1? Or is Southern...
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