Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Growing Up)
Chapter 1, Growing Up
From an early age, Johnson felt pressured to fill the expectations of his two very different parents. His mother wanted him to be educated and cultured, while his father expected him to be a "man." This lesson will discuss the opposing expectations of Johnson's parents.
1) Class Discussion: Lyndon Johnson struggled with his identity, often trying to please one parent over the other. Both parents "tested" him and would either freeze him out or humiliate him if he did not pass their tests. Discuss with the class the kinds of tests Johnson's parents gave him. What were their opposing expectations of him? What did his mother want him to be that was quite different from the role model his father was? How did their expectations affect him?
2) Small Group Activity: Form small groups and work together identifying scenes in which Johnson remembers his...
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