Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Overseer)
This novel is set in times where slavery is still very much a part of the American way of life.
The objective of this lesson is to take a closer look at the life of a slave to understand what the slaves on Cavil's plantation had to deal with.
1) Initiate a class discussion on the definition of slavery. Look up the definition of "slavery" in the dictionary. Write out the dictionary definition and have each student rephrase the definition in their own words. Present original definitions to the class.
2) Break the class into groups of two or three and have them discuss the comparison of slaves and horses in the book. What does this illustrate about the way African American people were treated by Caucasian people? Are there any other people that have been viewed in the same light since the time frame in which...
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