A Lesson Before Dying: Characters

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Introduce protagonists, antagonists, antiheros, and foils to your unit on Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying. After reading the first 13 chapters from the book, learners discuss Grant's behavior and reactions to different events, particularly in his relationship to Jefferson. They then write about a character who is in conflict with Grant, framing him or her as the antagonist to Grant, and decide whether Grant's reactions to the conflict are reasonable. The homework assignment prompts kids to read the next few chapters and to observe the scenery details in preparation for the next lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Good lesson in the context of a unit about A Lesson Before Dying, or as a stand-alone lesson about characterization and foils
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  • Focuses on character behavior and motivation, and encourages kids to analyze whether behavior is reasonable
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