Everything you need to understand or teach The Dark-Thirty by Patricia McKissack.
Henri is the son of a black woman from New Orleans and the white owner of Pin Oak. When Henri is just a small boy, his mother dies. Henri's father takes him to Pin Oak where he raises him alongside his son from his white wife. Although the father never publicly acknowledges that Henri is his son, he does not deny the child either. When Henri becomes an adult, the father tells him he is free because his mother was free and that he can leave if he would like. Henri, however, chooses to remain on Pin Oak to be with his wife, Charlemae, a slave. Henri makes a deal with his father to work for Charlemae's freedom.
When the old father dies, he leaves Pin Oak to his legitimate son, Harper. Harper immediately gets Pin Oak into financial trouble and...
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural Lesson Plans contain 137 pages of teaching material, including: