Assignment mixing dialectical, free response and creative journal entries in response to Toni Morrison's novel Beloved. Reading focus on the ways that the past continues to shape the present lives of the characters in the novel. Students are asked to think of the novel in the context of American history itself. How does the legacy of the lives of people like Sethe and Paul D. continue to echo down the generations? Assignment was originally created for AP Literature and Composition class, but can be adapted for any high school literature class.