Everything you need to understand or teach Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
Song of Solomon begins with the flight of Robert Smith, an insurance agent, from the roof of Mercy Hospital. Smith appears on the roof of the hospital with two handcrafted wings on his back. A small crowd gathers to witness the impending jump. Many believe he won't jump, but to the amazement of some and horror of others, Smith does jump. Because of Smith's attempt to fly, Ruth Foster Dead is able to deliver her child inside the hospital instead of on its steps. Negro women during this time are not allowed to give birth inside the hospital due to segregation. Thus Macon Dead becomes the first Negro child to be born inside Mercy Hospital.
Young Macon acquires his nickname, Milkman, because he was breastfed for far too long. His father's tenant, Freddie, catches Ruth nursing Macon and the nickname is born. Milkman's father, Macon, Sr.—who is a harsh... View more of the Song of Solomon Summary
Song of Solomon Lesson Plans contain 111 pages of teaching material, including: