Creating an Influence Tree
Kind of Activity:
Students will make connections across chapters to see how Pecola’s parents’ lives influence her.
Common Core Standards:
Before the activity, ask students to do a 5-minute freewrite in response to this question: Who are the people who have influenced your life the most? Have students write as much as they can in 5 minutes and instruct them not to think or worry about grammar and just write.
Then, lead students through a short discussion about the people who made Pecola who she is. Encourage students to think about how Pauline and Cholly’s histories shaped Pecola and...
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