If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will be able to analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important ideas and themes of Black Boy.
Students will be able to examine the cultural and historical context of Black Boy to gain a deeper understanding of it.
Students will be able to discuss the characterization of the narrator, and understand his motivations.
Students will be able to trace and evaluate Black Boy’s influence on later literary works and on 20th century America in general.