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					                         AFRICAN AMERICAN VOICES
                              LESSON PLAN


                                   Language Arts

Topic:               Family Tree                                    Grade Level: 10

Objective:                 V-3
                           <       Students will use appropriate skills and resources
                                   to access, analyze, and synthesize information in
                                   order to create a family tree.

Competency Link:           V.   Informational Reading/Information Literacy/Test
                           Taking

Materials/Resources:       <       Textbook/workbooks
                           <       Legacy Video Series Program 116: Alex Haley and
                                   Oral History produced by The Black Archives,
                                   History and Research Foundation of South
                                   Florida, available from WLRN.
                           <       Multimedia Family Tree Programs, Banner Blue
                                   Software, P. O. Box 7865 Freemont, CA 94537
                                   510-794-6850

Library/Media Center Strategies:

Work collaboratively with the media specialist to locate examples of family tree
formats for students. The media specialist may also recommend a selected
reading list of memoirs as a related genre after this activity is completed.

Procedures/Activities:

1.       Share various family tree diagrams with students. Explain that these are
         diagrams used in the collection of data about genealogy. Students will
         design their own family tree based on the information which they gather.


2.       Instruct students to identify a resource person or persons who will assist
         them in gathering information. Students might benefit from viewing a
         copy of the Legacy Series Program #116: Alex Haley and Oral History.



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Topic:                     Family Tree                              Grade Level: 10




3.       Assist students in developing a data sheet for each member of the family
         to include name, date of birth, place of birth, occupation, etc...Students
         may also wish to audiotape or videotape interviews with members of their
         family to begin an oral history.

4.       Encourage students to search out any family history which might be
         associated with members of their family. Ask students to gather oral
         history and to search for symbols which might be associated with the
         family. If the family has a family crest or seal, students should be
         encouraged to include it in their final presentation.

5.       Students might have more information about one side of the family or
         another. If that is the case, then encourage students to develop a
         maternal or paternal genealogy.

6.       Develop criteria for the family tree assignment through a class discussion.
         Ask each student to create a family tree suitable for display. Also
         encourage students to share a family story or an interesting detail which
         they learned while researching the family tree.

Assessment:

Teacher observation and evaluation of final written product and oral
presentation.




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                                      Language Arts

Topic:                     Summarizing Poetry                          Grade Level: 10

Objective:                      V-3
                                <     Use appropriate skills and resources to access,
                                      analyze, and synthesize information from the
                                      poem, ‘Booker T. And W. E. B., by Dudley Randall

Competency Link:                V.   Informational Reading/Information Literacy/Test
                                Taking

Materials/Resources:            <     Textbook/workbooks
                                <     African American Literature. Holt, Rinehart and
                                      Winston

Library/Media Center Strategies:

Use the resources of the media center to assist students with the pre-reading
activity.

Procedures/Activities:

1.       Pre-reading - Ask students to brainstorm anything that they already know
         about Booker T. Washington or W. E. B. DuBois. After listing all of the
         ideas on the board or overhead, provide students with a brief biography of
         each of these African Americans. Discuss and add other information to the
         class list.

2.       Read the poem aloud and ask students to identify each speaker’s point of
         view.

3.       Ask students to divide a sheet of notebook paper in half. One half of the
         paper will be for notes about Washington and the other half will be for
         notes about DuBois.

4.       Read the poem again and direct students to record the ideas of each
         speaker.

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Topic:                     Summarizing Poetry                     Grade Level: 10


5.       Ask students to share their notes and then write a one-paragraph summary
         of the information from the pre-reading and the poem.



Assessment:

<        Teacher observation and evaluation of group participation and written
         product.




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                                       Language Arts

Topic:                     Identifying author’s technique               Grade Level: 10

Objective:                       I-7
                                 <     Identify the techniques used by Camara Laye in an
                                       excerpt from The Dark Child.

Competency Link:                 I. Literature

Materials/Resources:             <     Textbook/workbooks
                                 <     African American Literature, Holt Rinehart and
                                       Winston

Library/Media Center Strategies:

<        Work collaboratively with the media specialist to identify print and non-
         print sources for scary stories, folktales, and mysteries which contain
         literary elements similar to the selection by Laye. For example, students
         will be familiar with Edgar Allen Poe, an American author who uses many of
         the same techniques. An extension of this activity could include a
         comparison/contrast of one of Poe’s stories with Laye’s piece.

Procedures/Activities:

1.       Pre-reading: Ask students to recall a frightening experience from
         childhood. Give students a few minutes to respond in writing and then
         share with partners. Ask for volunteers to share with the class.

2.       Assign students to read the excerpt from Camara Laye’s novel The Dark
         Child. Explain that although this autobiographical novel was written in
         French, Laye wrote about his childhood in Guinea. The novel is considered
         a fine example of the Negritude movement.




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Topic:                     Identifying author’s technique            Grade Level: 10


3.       After reading silently or aloud, ask students to identify the techniques
         which Laye used to create suspense.         Some possibilities include
         foreshadowing, imagery, details, first person narrator, and emotional
         appeal to the reader. Ask students to find examples of those techniques
         and explain their effect on the reader.

4.       Assign students to select at least one of the techniques which Laye uses so
         effectively in this selection and attempt to improve their original free-
         write. Remind students that writers learn from modeling activities such as
         this, just as artists learn from studying the techniques of master artists.


5.       After students complete their second drafts and peer editing, they may
         wish to meet with you for final revision. Students may wish to publish final
         drafts of narratives in a class newsletter or the school’s newspaper.

Assessment:

Teacher observation and evaluation of final written product.




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