Lesson 1 (from "My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation" – Part 1)
The Fire Next Time is a book by African American novelist, essayist, playwright, and poet James Baldwin. The book is comprised of two essays, originally published in The Progressive and The New Yorker, entitled "My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation," and "Down At The Cross: Letter from a Region of My Mind." This lesson focuses on the author. Students will research James Baldwin, his career, his works, and his criticism and acclaim, as well as examine the time period in which The Fire Next Time was published.
Research Activity: Conduct research on author James Baldwin, his career, his works, and his criticism and acclaim. Additionally, research the publication of The Fire Next Time. When was the book published? Where were the essays in the book previously published?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.8, 11-12.8
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