Daily Lessons for Teaching Native Son

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Lesson 1 (from Book 1)


Book 1: The story opens as the Thomas family awakens to find a rat in their room.

In this lesson students identify and compare the symbolism of the rat to the way Bigger Thomas lives his life.


Discussion Points and Questions:

> How would you describe the Thomas family home?

> What does the introduction of the rat in the story show readers about the Thomas home?

> What similarities are their between the rat in the story and what you learn in Book 1 about Bigger?

> What is the family's reaction to the rat?

> What is the reaction of the rat?

> Is there anything "normal" about how they members of the family act?

> How does the rat reinforce Mrs. Thomas's request that Bigger not forget his job interview?

> How does Bigger feel about getting the job?

Equipment and Supplies: White Boards


> Break into groups of four or five...

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