Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
The primary setting for the book is the fictional village of Saitter, Louisiana, which is based on the real village of Forest Hills, Louisiana. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of a small village in Louisiana in the 1950s and its impact on its residents.
What does the author reveal about Saitter, Louisiana, in this book? What image does the reader have of this region of Louisiana? What does the author insert into the book that could have only happened in this area of Louisiana? What are some specific points, cultural events, landmarks, etc. that mark the location as Louisiana?
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...
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