Teacher Guide

Kindred Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but the combination of science fiction and historical fiction may be compelling to many students. Teaching Kindred can be complicated in part because the n-word appears several times. Before you do any reading aloud from the novel, you may want to have a conversation with students about how to deal with the n-word and come to a general consensus. Some teachers feel that saying the n-word in full is permissible when reading literature; others may feel the risk of upsetting students or seeming to permit use of the word itself is too high. Either way, it may be pertinent to emphasize to the class that the n-word is undeniably a slur that should not be used in...

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