Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Pages 1 Through 25)
Section 1: Pages 1 Through 25
The setting of the beginning of the story is Los Angeles, California. The objective of this lesson is to explore the local color of California and its impact on the story.
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 Ireland during this particular time period?
Divide the class into small groups and have them discuss the author's authenticity with the book. Could the beginning of the story take place anywhere else but California in the late 20th century? 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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