Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapter One)
Setting. The White Boy Shuffle begins in Los Angeles, California in the beginning of the 1990's, moves to Boston about ten years later than back to Los Angeles.
The objective of this lesson is to look at setting.
1. Homework: Students will rewrite the basic plot of The White Boy Shuffle and set it in another era, explaining how the different setting changes the work. For example, what would be different if it was set in the 1950's?
2. Class discussion: Could The White Boy Shuffle have been set anywhere? How does the setting make this a unique story? How do the people in Los Angeles in this era differ from the students' hometown? How did the setting affect the characters, the plot, and the themes? Why is the setting important?
3. Group work: In groups students will research a setting that might be similar and discuss the...
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