Lesson 1 (from Part 1: Chapter 1)
Four-year-old Essie Mae lives in a two-room shack with her father, mother, and younger sister. Her parents do all they can to make the structure comfortable for the family, but most of the decorations consist of mismatched bits of wallpaper stuck up with tacks and pieces of cardboard stuffed in the cracks.
The aim of this lesson is to examine Essie Mae's upbringing.
1) Class discussion. How did Essie's upbringing mold her into the person she became? What do the students think she went through as the oldest child? Do the students think Essie would have become the person she did without such as upbringing? Why do the students think her siblings did not grow up with the same sense of freedom and strength of character?
2) Ask the students to write 100 words on how each of Mama's children is been affected by their upbringing. Why do...
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