Objective: The setting in both time and place is important to JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE. The objective of this lesson is to understand the play's setting and its significance.
1) Have students research Pittsburgh in 1911 and bring in information to share with the class. Discuss what Pittsburgh was like in 1911: racial makeup, jobs and industry, class divisions, and other aspects of life.
2) Discuss with the class what it would be lik to be a freed slave living in Pittsburgh. What would the students want if they were freed slaves during that time? What might Pittsburgh have to offer them?
3) Break the students up into groups. Assign each group another location that the author might have chosen for the play (the South, the American West, Africa). Each group should decide how the different setting would affect the play. Have the groups share their ideas with the class for...
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