Lesson 1 (from To Sell My Life As Dearly As Possible)
It is necessary to understand the prior knowledge that students have before they have read this book. Therefore, it is important to discuss beliefs, viewpoints, misleading or false information, and history of their knowledge. The objective of this lesson is to examine prior knowledge of students related to the issues in the book
1. Class Discussion: Have students each write two things that they know about racism, women's rights, slavery, the civil rights movement, or any other material relevant to these issues. Create a chart showing three sections: Fact, fiction, unknown. Read the students' input aloud and have the class place the it into the appropriate column on the board.
2. Paired Discussion: Pair students and have them talk about their specific knowledge about race issues. What do they know about race issues (slavery, oppression, key people, feminism)? Where did their knowledge come from (school, parents...
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