Teacher Guide

Black Boy Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Educators intending to use Black Boy in the classroom should be aware of the book’s frank depiction of violence, particularly scenes of rape and the use of corporal punishment on children, its explicit language, and its detailed illustrations of racism in America. Though these details do not inhibit Black Boy’s usability in the classroom, teachers should warn and prepare their students for the book’s mature themes. This autobiography can and will generate vigorous, intellectually stimulating, and important conversations, but full disclosure beforehand is vital.

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