Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
The first chapter introduces readers to Toni Morrison and also to her writing style. This lesson discusses Toni Morrison’s writing, for how it reveals her strategies for using language to convey meaning.
Close Reading: Read the first few paragraphs, and write a short essay that analyzes the writing style. How does Toni Morrison write? What kinds of words does she use? How are her sentences structured?
Small Group Discussion: Ask students to work together in small groups to characterize Toni Morrison’s style. When or how does she vary from that cadence? What does she lay emphasis on when she varies from her typical sentences? Ask each group to report back to the class after some time for discussion.
Class Discussion: How would you characterize Toni Morrison’s values as a writer? What does she talk about? How does she use language to describe...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.10
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