Day 2

Black Boy Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why is Richard’s baptism an important moment for his mother?

    In Richard’s community, going to church is a highly social event. Richard’s baptism was a public event that everyone in his mother’s church attended. By getting her son baptized, Richard’s mother proved in front of her friends and acquaintances how good of a mother she was.

  2. 2

    What are the reactions of Richard’s peers and family re: his short story?

    The general reactions to Richard’s short story were confusion, suspicion, and anger. Richard’s classmates did not understand the point of his story, and as time passed grew suspicious and distant from him because they no longer understood him. Richard’s family,...

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