Teacher Guide

Homegoing Lesson Plan

Introduction to Homegoing

Homegoing follows the descendants of one woman from the 18th century into the 21st century. This woman is Maame, an Asante woman who has one daughter while enslaved in a Fante village and has another after escaping back to Asanteland. This is a split in the family tree and each chapter is devoted to the story of a different descendant of one of Maame's two daughters.

Since author Yaa Gyasi's debut novel covers such a large period of time, Homegoing addresses a variety of events and issues: slavery, colonization, segregation, and the Harlem Renaissance, to name a few. Each chapter explores a character whose story may have been overlooked in history and literature.

Gyasi reportedly...

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