Betsey Brown is set in 1959, when the United States is exploring school integration. Research school integration and pick one figure that was prominent at this time. Present a short biography to the class about this person and then explain what you think Betsey's family would think of this person.
Chaos is a theme in the story, especially in the Brown household. Create an artistic representation of chaos as it applies to their home.
Choose one aspect of segregation to do a short piece of research on. Find one fact about segregation that would influence or be influenced by Betsey's life. Present it to the class along with how it is related to Betsey's life.
Look up the author of the story, Ntozake Shange, and read a short biography. What elements of the author's life do you see reflected in the book? Write...
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