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Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved
|Grades||11 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Teaching Racially Sensitive Literature: A Teacher's Guide (optional)
- Large sheets of paper and markers (or access to Internet-based computers with printing capability or magazines, scissors, glue/tape)
- A class set of Toni Morrison's Beloved (Vintage, 2004)
- Overheads of passages for modeling close reading
- (Optional) Additional support activity on perspective and narration
Grades 6 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
- Gallery Walk Focus Questions
- Teacher's Guide to Close Readings of Beloved
- Writing Prompt: Highlighting Subjective Values through Narration
- Rubric for Beloved Responses
- Reflection Questions
- Prior to Session One, students need to have read Book 1 of Beloved. Read the "Teaching Racially Sensitive Literature: A Teacher's Guide" and decide which activities or approaches would be appropriate for Beloved and the students who will be reading it.
- Acquire enough large pieces of paper (3' x 3') and class sets of markers (or other art supplies/Internet access) for the number of groups you will have in class.
- View this sample student representation to get a sense of how students might respond to the task. In this example, students organized key events and scenes around the physical and symbolic image of water.
- Between Sessions One and Two, mount student work on the walls for the gallery walk.
- Test the 3-Circle Venn Diagram for Beloved on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the Technical Support page.
- Prepare overheads of the selected passages for close reading (see Teacher's Guide to Passages from Beloved for a list of passages).
- If you are unfamiliar with the terminology and processes associated with close reading of text, consult Close Reading of a Literary Text.