Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1 through 6)
Chapters 1 through 6
"Tales of the City" is set in San Francisco during the 1970's. The setting is crucial to establishing realistic characters and interesting story lines. In this chapter, students will analyze the significance of the setting to the book.
1) Pair Research: Using newspapers, books, magazines, and other media from the classroom and school library, students will research the social atmosphere of San Francisco during the 1970's.
2) Writing Assignment: After conducting research and having some knowledge about life in San Francisco during the 1970's, students will analyze the conversation between Mary Ann and Connie in "Connie's Place." In what ways does their conversation reveal important information about the setting?
3) Class discussion: In "Connie's Place," when Connie says to Mary Ann, "This city loosens people up," what does she mean? How is San Francisco portrayed as being different from the rest of the country? Could this...
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