Objective: Chapter 1 The novel is written about people in the U.S. Northeast in the late-20th century. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of the Northeast and its impact on the story.
1) 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 this story one from the northeast 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 the Northeast in the twentieth century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this novel that slots in into this particular time period?
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