Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 13)
Chapters 1 through 13
The primary setting for the book is a beach town on Cape Cod near the Atlantic Ocean. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of a coastal area town and its impact on its residents.
1) Class Discussion: What does the author reveal about life in a beach town in this book? What image does the reader have of Cape Cod in the 21st century? What does the author insert into the book that could have only happened in a coastal town during this time period? What are some specific points, cultural events, landmarks, etc. that mark the location as Cape Cod?
2) Class Discussion: 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...
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