Objective: Ballad of the Sad Cafe, pages 1 - 23 This story is written about people in rural Georgia in the 1940s. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of rural Georgia during this time 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, and clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from Georgia during the 1940s?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the story. Could this story take place anywhere else but Georgia in the 1940s? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots in into this particular time period?
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