Teacher Guide

The Namesake Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but the exploration of both diasporic immigrant cultures and middle-class American social mores portrayed in The Namesake may appeal to many students. These lessons and activities provide many different approaches to the text; select those that best suit the strengths and interests of your own class.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of analysis.

The questions provided for the final paper are most suitable for student essays. For the sake of improving their written expression, of expression, teachers should encourage students to write on topics...

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