Ch 3: Africa & African-Americans in Nonfiction Literature

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Get your students excited about nonfiction literature featuring Africa and African-Americans while strengthening their learning outcomes with help from this chapter. Lesson plans and other teacher resources can enhance your curriculum, simplify lesson planning and improve your methods of instruction.

Africa & African-Americans in Nonfiction Literature - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find a collection of teacher resources you can utilize any time to prepare lessons on Africa and African-Americans in nonfiction literature. Our lesson plans provide learning objectives, instructional strategies, assignment ideas and other tools you can use to strengthen your curriculum and lessons. Accompanying each lesson plan is at least one supplemental lesson and quiz you can share with students to bolster your instruction and their learning outcomes. This chapter examines slave narratives along with literature that includes:

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • God Grew Tired of Us
  • A Long Walk to Water
  • The Color of Water
  • Warriors Don't Cry
  • The Voice That Challenged a Nation
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The Pursuit of Happyness

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  • Find lesson plans for specific God Grew Tired of Us, The Color of Water and The Pursuit of Happyness topics you want to cover in class.
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25 Lessons in Chapter 3: Africa & African-Americans in Nonfiction Literature
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A Long Walk to Water Lesson Plan

1. A Long Walk to Water Lesson Plan

'A Long Walk to Water' by Linda Sue Park explores how unclean drinking water affects the Sudanese. Students should have read the book prior to this lesson. Afterwards assign the reading, discussion questions, activity and take a quiz.

A Long Walk to Water: Summary & Themes

2. A Long Walk to Water: Summary & Themes

There may be a big age difference between them, but Salva's and Nya's lives are connected. Find out how in this lesson, which summarizes Linda Sue Park's 'A Long Walk to Water,' and looks at themes in the novel.

A Long Walk to Water: Characters & Quotes

3. A Long Walk to Water: Characters & Quotes

Linda Sue Park's 'A Long Walk to Water' focuses on two characters, one real and one fictional, whose lives intersect. In this lesson, find out more about these characters, including quotes that help us get to know them better.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Lesson Plan

4. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Lesson Plan

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba exemplifies perseverance and service to one's community. This lesson plan includes two reading assignments, discussion questions, quizzes, and an activity to solidify the book's themes.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Summary

5. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Summary

This lesson explains the story of William Kamkwamba and his 'electric wind' as told in his memoir 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.' We'll learn about his childhood and adolescence in Malawi, and his journey to bring sustainable energy to his village.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Characters & Quotes

6. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Characters & Quotes

In this lesson, you will learn about the characters in William Kamkwamba's ''The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope'' through quotes from his memoir.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Lesson Plan

7. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Lesson Plan

Increase student comprehension of the memoir 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson summarizing the book, discuss key plot points, then analyze important quotes from the memoir. Finish strong with a fun activity.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Summary & Quotes

8. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Summary & Quotes

This lesson offers a comprehensive plot summary of Frederick Douglass' memoir, 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.' It also introduces and analyzes three important quotations.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation Lesson Plan

9. The Voice That Challenged a Nation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides discussion questions and activities for the Russell Freedman book, 'The Voice That Challenged a Nation.' Students will discuss Marian Anderson's life in terms of her contributions to both music and Civil Rights.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Summary & Characters

10. The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Summary & Characters

Among the many important people in the fight for equality in America was singer Marian Anderson. Learn more about her life story as told through Russell Freedman's biography ''The Voice That Challenged a Nation.''

Slave Narratives Lesson Plan

11. Slave Narratives Lesson Plan

Are your students familiar with the slave narrative genre? In this lesson plan, you will find a text lesson paired with excerpts from well-known slave narratives to help provide a knowledge base on this genre. An activity will help students focus on the perspectives and experiences of the enslaved.

American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview

12. American Slave Narrative: Definition & Overview

In this lesson we will look at the 'Slave Narrative.' We will discuss the definition and learn more about the genre as a whole. You will then be asked to take a short quiz to assess your comprehension of the lesson.

God Grew Tired of Us Lesson Plan

13. God Grew Tired of Us Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to increase student understanding of the novel 'God Grew Tired of Us'. Students will use a text lesson to help summarize plot, then dig more deeply with discussion and analysis. Finally, students take a quiz and do a culminating activity to show what they know.

God Grew Tired of Us: Book Summary & Overview

14. God Grew Tired of Us: Book Summary & Overview

''God Grew Tired of Us'' is a 2007 memoir of perseverance by Sudanese Lost Boy John Bul Dau about his epic journey from war-torn Sudan, throughout Africa and eventually to safety in the United States.

The Color of Water Lesson Plan

15. The Color of Water Lesson Plan

Help your students navigate theme as they summarize the novel 'The Color of Water.' Students start off reading an overview of the memoir before diving into analyzing themes. Finish up with an activity that applies concepts.

The Color of Water: Summary & Themes

16. The Color of Water: Summary & Themes

This lesson offers a comprehensive summary of James McBride's memoir, The Color of Water, which is about the Black author and his white mother. This lesson also introduces three important themes.

Warriors Don't Cry Lesson Plan

17. Warriors Don't Cry Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you review and summarize 'Warriors Don't Cry' by Melba Patillo Beals with your students. They will first read a text lesson outlining Melba's memoir, discuss key events, then apply learning to a culminating activity.

Warriors Don't Cry: Summary & Quotes

18. Warriors Don't Cry: Summary & Quotes

'Warriors Don't Cry' is a searing memoir written by Melba Patillo Beals that recounts the trials and tribulations that she and eight others faced in their attempts to integrate Little Rock's Central High School in 1957. This lesson will look at some of the quotes from this memoir.

The Pursuit of Happyness Lesson Plan

19. The Pursuit of Happyness Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about Chris Gardner while reading his autobiography ''The Pursuit of Happyness.'' In this story, Gardner tells about his struggles as a homeless, single parent.

The Pursuit of Happyness: Book Summary & Quotes

20. The Pursuit of Happyness: Book Summary & Quotes

''The Pursuit of Happyness'', a 2006 autobiographical novel by Chris Gardner, tells of his struggles as a homeless, unemployed, single father during the 1980s.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Discussion Questions

21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Discussion Questions

Teachers, students will confirm their understanding of the material while sharing their beliefs and experiences in the following discussion questions. These questions will also assess students' critical thinking and analysis skills.

Born a Crime Discussion Questions

22. Born a Crime Discussion Questions

Teachers use the following discussion questions after students have read ''Born a Crime'' by Trevor Noah. Students will also be able to learn about a dark period in South African history that still impacts the country in today's time.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Discussion Questions

23. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Discussion Questions

Frederick Douglass' autobiography is perhaps the most influential of the American slave narratives. With these discussion questions, your class can explore the themes and impact of the ''Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass''.

African-American Literature Essay Topics

24. African-American Literature Essay Topics

Learning about African American literature is an important way for students to develop their understanding of the literary canon. This lesson offers essay topics that will help students think more deeply about African American literature.

Hidden Figures Discussion Questions

25. Hidden Figures Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions after or while students are reading the story 'Hidden Figures.' The discussion questions will confirm students' understanding of the storyline and introduce or reactivate their knowledge about the events in the 1960s.

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