Objective: Part 1, Chapters 1 through 7 The setting for the novel is the imaginary town of Ithaca, in the San Joaquin Valley of California during World War II. The objective of this lesson is to explore local color 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. Where do the students think the story takes place? What do they use to make their decision? How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that help them determine the setting?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the book. Could this story take place anywhere else but the San Joaquin Valley during World War II? Why or why not? What is it...
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