Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-7)
The setting of The Last Child is a small town in North Carolina. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of North Carolina and the impact of this setting on the story.
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 book. How is regionalism exhibited in language? Interpersonal dynamics? Clothing? What other elements can the students define that make this story one from North Carolina during this particular time period?
Group Activity: 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 North Carolina in the early 21st century? Why or why not? What is it about the elements of this story that slots in into this...
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