Lesson 1 (from Book 1, Chapters 1-5)
The objective of this lesson is to introduce students to Cry, the Beloved Country, and to gain a better understanding of the historical context in which Alan Paton wrote the novel in 1940’s South Africa.
Group Work: Divide the class into groups to research the main ethnic/tribal groups of South Africa: those of European descent, Afrikaners, and all the African tribes living in the country at the time. Research the history of each group in the country, how they came to be there, and what their social status was. Each group should present their findings to the whole class.
Activity: Based on the group work, have each student choose an ethnicity, class, and province and write a first person essay describing what a day in their life would be like. Where would they live, work, what would their family be like?
Class Activity: Research...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 11-12.8
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