Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Nightjohn, by Gary Paulsen, is a young adult historical novel set in the pre-Civil War American South. The narrative relates the lives of African American slaves and centers on the story of Nightjohn, an escaped slave who returns from freedom to teach others to read and write. In the first lesson for the novel, students will examine the history of American slavery, research author Gary Paulsen, Sally Hemings, and Thomas Jefferson, analyze the author’s dedication, and identify and discuss the novel’s genre.
Class Discussion: As a class, answer and discuss the following questions based on the reading of Chapter 1: In whose memory is Nightjohn dedicated by the author in the opening pages? What historical figure "owned, raised, and subsequently used" the slave that the novel is dedicated to by the author? Why do you think the author chose to dedicate the novel to...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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