Lesson 1 (from Act 1, Scene 1)
Walter Lee Younger is one of the major characters in this play. His struggle for respect and to provide for his family is on that many men have trouble dealing with. In this lesson, students will explore his character.
1) Ask students to discuss the moment when Walter Lee gives his son a dollar. Why did the character do that, when it meant that he would have to ask his wife for the money later on? What does that say about the character?
2) Have students work in pairs to write a scene between Walter Lee and his employer later in the day in which Walter Lee asks employer for a raise. Invite them to share their scenes with the class.
3) Ask students to discuss Walter Lee in terms of being an African-American man. Would his objectives or obstacles be different if he were white?
4) In class...
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