Day 1

Black Boy Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Richard set his family’s house on fire?

    Richard was a curious and restless child. In a household of adults with no time for children, he often felt neglected and ignored, and had to find ways to amuse himself. The afternoon of the fire, he was extremely bored but had to keep quiet because his sick grandmother was resting. Setting the house on fire was an accident Richard made while trying to play quietly.

  2. 2

    What is Richard’s reason for killing the kitten?

    Richard’s father flippantly orders Richard to kill a kitten because the animal is making a lot of noise. Richard knows his father doesn’t want him to actually kill the kitten, but is resentful of his...

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