Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
In Chapter 1, the settings for the story are Buffalo, New York and New York City in the 1960s-1980s. The objective of this lesson is to explore local color 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 book. Where do the students think the story takes place? What do they use to make their decision? How is regionalism exhibited in language, interpersonal dynamics, and clothing? What other elements can the students define that help them determine the setting?
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 Buffalo and New York City in the 1960s and 1970s? Why or why not? What is it about the...
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