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Ch 3: African-American Authors Lesson Plans

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This chapter contains lesson plans and resources on African-American authors for your use to create an engaging curriculum for your students. Access these lesson plans 24 hours a day on your computer or mobile device for completely flexible curriculum planning.

African-American Authors Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

We've made it easy for you to teach your students about African-American authors with this engaging chapter of lesson plans. Each plan is written by an expert instructor and covers authors and books such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Native Son. You can use these lesson plans and resource lessons to supplement or refresh your curriculum or to create test questions, discussion topics and other resources to interest your students in these authors.

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  • Provides context: You'll paint your students a vivid picture of notable African-American authors when you use this chapter, which contains resource lessons on book summaries, quotations, biographies and other works in addition to lesson plans.
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21 Lessons in Chapter 3: African-American Authors Lesson Plans
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Zora Neale Hurston Lesson Plan

1. Zora Neale Hurston Lesson Plan

Who was Zora Neale Hurston and what was her legacy? This lesson plan uses two engaging text lessons to teach students about the life and work of the author. An activity connects students with her work.

Zora Neale Hurston: Books & Poems

2. Zora Neale Hurston: Books & Poems

The diverse literary works of American author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston include an autobiography, poetry, plays, and novels. In this lesson, we will explore the life and career of this celebrated Harlem Renaissance author.

Zora Neale Hurston: Quotes & Biography

3. Zora Neale Hurston: Quotes & Biography

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is best known for her 1937 novel ''Their Eyes Were Watching God,'' but she wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Let's take a close look at the life of the beloved, fearless, Southern writer.

Richard Wright Lesson Plan

4. Richard Wright Lesson Plan

Introduce students to author Richard Wright with this lesson plan. A text lesson gives a biography and description of his work, followed by an activity that applies concepts and a quiz to test comprehension.

James Baldwin Lesson Plan

5. James Baldwin Lesson Plan

Teach students about author James Baldwin with this lesson plan. A text lesson introduces Baldwin and his life and work, and then students play a game to sharpen their understanding, do a biography project, and take a quiz.

James Baldwin: Biography & Books

6. James Baldwin: Biography & Books

James Baldwin was an American author, public speaker, civil rights activist, and playwright whose works generally addressed African-American conflicts within the United States. This lesson will introduce you to his background and to his many powerful novels, essays, and plays.

Native Son Lesson Plan

7. Native Son Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students examine the author's choices in regards to the development of the theme and creating an ironic conclusion as they read ''Native Son'' by Richard Wright.

Native Son: Summary & Quotes

8. Native Son: Summary & Quotes

Richard Wright's ''Native Son'' is a novel circling on themes about race and family. In this lesson, we discuss the main plot of Bigger Thomas' story and analyze a few important quotes from the book.

A Raisin in the Sun Discussion Questions

9. A Raisin in the Sun Discussion Questions

'A Raisin in the Sun' by Lorraine Hansberry is a play about an African American family in south Chicago in the 1950s who receives an inheritance. This lesson provides questions for classroom discussion about this play.

A Lesson Before Dying Unit Plan

10. A Lesson Before Dying Unit Plan

'A Lesson Before Dying' is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Ernest Gaines about a black man who is wrongly convicted and sentenced to execution in the 1940s South. This asset provides teachers with an outline for a novel study about this book.

Fences by August Wilson Unit Plan

11. Fences by August Wilson Unit Plan

Use this unit to help students comprehend and decipher the text of August Wilson's play ''Fences.'' Ideas for pre-reading activities, lesson plans, and projects are all included.

Push by Sapphire Lesson Plan

12. Push by Sapphire Lesson Plan

Sapphire's novel Push presents the traumatic life experiences of Claireece Precious Jones. This lesson plan ensures that students have grasped key points, important quotes and primary themes with the help of a text lesson and an activity.

Push By Sapphire: Summary & Quotes

13. Push By Sapphire: Summary & Quotes

Precious has had to fight her entire life...to overcome abuse, to get an education, to survive. But when terrible news threatens her newfound happiness, Precious knows she needs to find even more strength to keep going.

A Raisin in the Sun Unit Plan

14. A Raisin in the Sun Unit Plan

''A Raisin in the Sun'' by Lorraine Hansberry is a play set in 1950s Southside Chicago. Take your high school students on a journey through the life and dreams of the Younger family with drama activities, literary analysis, and a summative project.

Native Son Unit Plan

15. Native Son Unit Plan

'Native Son' by Richard Wright is filled with heavy topics and guiding high school students through its complexities can seem treacherous. This unit plan helps you prepare students for reading, spur their thinking, and wrap it up in creative ways.

Their Eyes Were Watching God Unit Plan

16. Their Eyes Were Watching God Unit Plan

When reading ''Their Eyes Were Watching God'' with high school students, you'll need to tackle challenging dialect, a multitude of literary elements, and complex themes. This unit plan will help you explore these important aspects of the novel.

Black Boy by Richard Wright Discussion Questions

17. Black Boy by Richard Wright Discussion Questions

'Black Boy' is the autobiography of author Richard Wright. It was published in 1945, when Wright was in his late 30s. Use this guide to help your students think critically about the plot and life for African Americans in the early 20th century.

Notes of a Native Son Discussion Questions

18. Notes of a Native Son Discussion Questions

''Notes of a Native Son'' is a book by James Baldwin that examines African American life and culture in the postwar years. This discussion can be used in a literature class, American history class, or in conjunction with many other topics.

12 Years a Slave Discussion Questions

19. 12 Years a Slave Discussion Questions

'Twelve Years a Slave' by Solomon Northup is a memoir about a free man in the North during the mid-1800s who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. This asset provides discussion questions for the classroom about this book.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Discussion Questions

20. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Discussion Questions

'The Underground Railroad' is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead that offers a counterfactual history of the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War. These questions support classroom discussion about the novel.

Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin Discussion Questions

21. Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin Discussion Questions

'Sonny's Blues' is a short story by James Baldwin about the drug-related arrest of a black man from the perspective of his older brother. These questions are intended to guide a classroom discussion about this story.

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