This is a 54 page lesson plan for Fences written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"In Wilson’s introduction to the drama, he establishes a broader historical context for the play, drawing a contrast between the European immigrants to Pittsburgh and the African Americans who came to the North as part of the Great Migration after the Civil War and through the early twentieth century. Wilson describes a sort of social contract that existed between the city and the European immigrants: “The city grew. It nourished itself and offered each man a partnership limited only by his talent, his guile, and his willingness and capacity for hard work. For the immigrants of Europe, a dream dared and won true.” In contrast, Wilson notes that African Americans in the city “collected wood and rags.” For European immigrants, the American Dream could become a reality; for African Americans, it had been an impossibility."