This is a comprehensive unit for Richard Wright's novel, Native Son. It includes pre- and post-assessments, a calendar of lesson plans, differentiated questions, and learning targets.
I begin with a historical context for Wright's life and then move into concepts of identity, using complex thematic topics such as third-person consciousness, naturalism, and existentialism. Students will delve into the subtext of the book, exploring the metaphor of the rat as a foreshadowing device for Bigger's life. Each day of this five-week unit is fully planned but may be adjusted according to your needs and time.
Most importantly, students will be highly engaged in the material, increasing both their, and your, enjoyment.