Included in this bundle to enhance your teaching of Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon:
1. Background PPT (16 slides)- Outlines the central background information needed to appreciate and understand Song of Solomon. Covers:
Author Bio/Works/Awards; Author Style;
Magical Realism- definition, history, and examples;
Other genres (Bildungsroman and Epic Quest)
Song of Solomon Historical Context,
Themes, Motifs, Characters,
Name Allusion mini-research assignment;
youtube link to interview with Morrison.
BE SURE TO READ AND/OR PRINT the teacher notes at the bottom of the PPT that flesh out details that couldn’t fit onto the slides.
2. Guided Notes (4 pages)- these help students pay attention and stay on track while taking notes in class. There is also a space for taking notes on their classmates’ presentations on the name allusions.
3. Name Allusion Assignment (2 pages)- also outlined on PPT; Teacher instructions for assigning name allusions to students and a list of names with instructions to cut out and draw from a hat.
4. Historical Allusion Assignment (3 pages)- another mini-research assignment that is a bit more in-depth than the Name Allusions. These are all allusions found in the novel that add to the “realism” aspect of magical realism. You can either give the students the list and let them pick their allusion, or have them draw from a hat. I give my students a few days to complete this, and on the day of presentation, they sit in a circle to share and discuss. Rubric included!
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