Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
The objective of this lesson is to examine the Italian/Ethiopian conflict, and how it is the impetus for the events in the novel. In Chapter 1, crowds gather to welcome an Ethiopian envoy and raise money for Ethiopian. The country has been invaded by Italy, and this stirs many Aframericans to support the cause financially.
Class Discussion: Use research as needed. How was Ethiopia different from other African countries in the 1930s? Why did they have independence when other African countries did not? Why did Italy invade Ethiopia? How was Ethiopia defeated by the Italians? What did Ethiopia symbolize to Black Americans? Why were many Black Americans willing to financially support Ethiopia's defense? How was the invasion an impetus for the events portrayed by McKay in Chapters 1-5?
Activity: Divide the students into small groups. Have each group discuss the history that Koahzy shares about...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3(e), 9-10.7, 11-12.3(e), 11-12.7
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