Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
"The Contender" is a novel by American author and sports journalist Robert Lipsyte. The narrative tells the story of seventeen-year-old Alfred Brooks, a high school dropout from a rough neighborhood in Harlem, as he becomes a boxer and learns about himself as he trains. In this lesson, students are introduced to the novel, and will research and discuss author Robert Lipsyte.
1) Teacher Lecture: Introduce the students to the book and author. "The Contender" is a novel written by American author and sports journalist Robert Lipsyte. The novel examines themes of racism, hope, and family.
2) Research Activity: Allow students time in the beginning of class to conduct independent research on author Robert Lipsyte. Where did the author grow up? What are the central themes and subjects of Lipsyte's novels?
3) Group Activity: Following the research activity, students are to gather into small groups of 3-...
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