Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The opening chapter examines Richard's early years living with both his father and mother. Eventually his father left his family for another woman and he states from that moment on, he always associated hunger and poverty with his father.
The aim of this lesson is to examine Richard's upbringing.
1) Class discussion. How do the students think Richard's upbringing molded him into the successful person he became? In what way did Richard's poor relationship with his father have a negative effect on his early years? What early lesson do the students think Wright learned that he took with him through the rest of his life? Why do the students think Wright emerged as such a strong person?
2) Ask the students to use pictures from magazines and books to express Wright's early years growing up in Mississippi.
3) Ask the students to list all the questions they would...
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