Includes a pre-reading activity where students answer questions in order to gauge their current understanding of slavery in Maryland during the early 19th century. After reading students will go back and reflect on what they have learned from reading "Kindred".
Includes guide questions and answers for different sections of the text. Questions include some basic comprehension, but most are complex and require students to actually read the entire text in order to accurately answer. Can be used as a reading guide or as a quick quiz for students to monitor their independent reading.
For The River and The Fire there is a foreshadowing and Irony worksheet includes four quotes from the text. Students identify and explain if the quote is an example of irony or foreshadowing. All quotes for this worksheet are from The River and The Fire.
For The Fight there is a Dana and Alice complex-character graphic organizer. Asks students to find four examples (summaries or quotes) of interactions between Alice and Dana that demonstrate their complex relationship. Students explain what they can infer about their relationship based on the event/dialogue between the two. Accompanying writing prompt asks students to imagine life on the plantation for each woman when the other is not present.
Since The Fight is very graphic with the violence and rape that comes with slavery, there is an accompanying article about Butler’s purpose in writing the novel and a writing prompt asking students if they feel Butler has succeeded in her purpose based on the text they’ve read so far. The article is not included but there is a QR code and short url to the article online.
For The Storm and very beginning of The Rope, where Dana learns what happened to Alice’s children, there are three poems by Georgia Douglas Johnson. Students annotate each poem with notes about how it relates to Alice’s struggles and experiences.
Identity theme graphic organizer to collect quotes on Dana's identity throughout the text. Students annotate the text as they read to collect quotes, or work in small groups to collect summaries and quotes. Writing prompt to identity theme and include three examples from the text to support their theme.
Flashback analysis graphic organizer. Students analyze different events or details explained in each flashback in order to see how they relate to Dana's life on the plantation.
Includes basic vocabulary worksheets and writing prompt in the same style of the AP Language and Composition prompt.