Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, In a Bad Way, and Chapter 2, Land Rolling!)
Chapter 1, In a Bad Way, and Chapter 2, Land Rolling!
The setting for most of the story is post-World War I Arizona. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Arizona 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 novel. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from Arizona during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the novel. Could this story take place anywhere else but Arizona right after the end of World War I? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots in into...
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