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Narrative Structure and Perspectives in Toni Morrison's Beloved

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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
Lesson Author

Charles Weinberg

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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  • 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.

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