Objective: Racism. "Bright & Morning Star" is a short story that explores the complex themes of racism and the wide reaches of a mother's love for her children. The object of this lesson is to learn about racism.
1. Homework. Have students research a racial conflict in the United States (for example, the riots in the twentieth century, slavery, battles against Native Americans). Have the students prepare a presentation on the conflict including who was involved, what the outcome of the conflict was, and what effects the conflict had on race relations. Include in the paper a brief section of race relations in the 1950s.
2. Class Discussion. Have students debate whether race relations have improved in the United States in recent years or not. Give students time to prepare for the debate and gather information.
3. Class presentation. Invite a guest speaker to talk to the class about discrimination in...
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