Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, How to Find a Man, and Chapter 2, Learn to Drive with Jesus)
Chapter 1, How to Find a Man, and Chapter 2, Learn to Drive with Jesus
The setting of the story is the city of Port Gaborone in Botswana. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of Botswana and its impact on the story.
1) 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 novel. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from Botswana during this particular time period?
2) Group Discussion: 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 Gaborone in the early 21st century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of...
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