Lesson 1 (from An Ex-Mas Feast (Kenya))
An Ex-Mas Feast (Kenya)
The settings for most of the stories in this book are towns in Africa in the late-20th century . The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of village life in Africa and its impact on the stories.
1) 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? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make these stories ones from towns in Africa during this particular time period?
2) Group Work: Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the book. Could these stories take place anywhere else but Africa in the late-20th century? Why or why not? What is it about the...
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