Teacher Guide

Black Boy 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

    Students will be able to analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important ideas and themes of Black Boy.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to examine the cultural and historical context of Black Boy to gain a deeper understanding of it.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to discuss the characterization of the narrator, and understand his motivations.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to trace and evaluate Black Boy’s influence on later literary works and on 20th century America in general.

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