Teacher Guide

The Color Purple Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Reading closely to determine meaning and draw conclusions based on textual evidence.

  2. 2

    Identifying themes in The Color Purple and analyzing the treatment of similar themes in supplemental texts.

  3. 3

    Identifying and analyzing tone, point of view, dialect, and other elements of the language in the novel.

  4. 4

    Analyzing structural and plot devices employed in The Color Purple.

  5. 5

    Analyzing how historical context and setting shapes the narration, characters, plot, and other elements in The Color Purple.

  6. 6

    Writing shorter and longer responses to the...

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