Black History in America
Given the central themes of identity and race which are prevalent in the works of Suzan-Lori Parks, students are to conduct research and complete an essay which examines the major historical events depicted and referenced in the plays, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, Civil Rights Movement, assassination of Lincoln, etc.
Ask students to look in their local newspaper for an article that involves some aspect of the plays and/or essays and bring it to class. They will present it in front of the class and explain why it relates to the work.
Draw a Character
Have students draw their interpretation of a character from one of the plays. Artistic ability is not important, but their drawings must reflect the type of costume worn by the character, whether the character is fat or thin, bald, prim or slovenly. What colors does the...
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