Lesson 1 (from The Habit of Loving, The Woman, Through the Tunnel)
The Habit of Loving, The Woman, Through the Tunnel
The setting for most of the stories is primarily London, England. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of England and its impact on the stories.
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 England during this particular time period?
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 England in the mid-20th century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of the stories that slot them into this particular time period...
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