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The Color Purple Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How well did your students comprehend Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple?' An in-class activity assessing comprehension is supported and refined by the help of a text lesson. Related lessons and extensions support ongoing study.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize Alice Walker's The Color Purple
  • describe the main plot points from the novel

Length

1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Instructions

NOTE: This lesson is designed for students who have already read Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

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