Objective: Ms. Johnson serves many roles in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use." She is the narrator of the story and the protagonist. She is also an archetype of large, plain-looking uneducated and poor southern rural Black women, the kind of women Ms. Walker is urging her readers to value rather than disdain since they are the backbones of rural southern Black society and the preservers of their cultural and family legacies through their hard work and grit and their folk art such as the quilts they make. This lesson will discuss the character of Ms. Johnson and her multiple roles in the story.
1. Reading Aloud: Have the students read aloud the first paragraph of the story and the last two pages of the story with a different student reading each paragraph.
2. Group Project: Divide the class into small groups. Have each group review "Everyday Use" and compile a...
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