Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The primary setting for the book is the Cherokee Ozarks in Oklahoma in the early 1900s. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of a farming community in the Cherokee Ozarks during this time period and its impact on its residents.
1) Class Discussion: What does the author reveal about the Cherokee Ozarks in Oklahoma in this book? What image does the reader have of this region of Oklahoma? What does the author insert into the book that could have only happened in this area of Oklahoma? What are some specific points, cultural events, landmarks, etc. that mark the location as Oklahoma?
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 clothing...
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