A Lesson Before Dying: Themes of the Novel

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Use a discussion on themes of A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines to inspire your class's writing. After addressing the themes of racism, commitment, and manhood, kids use historical references and evidence from the text to answer discussion questions. They then begin the final essays for the unit, choosing from the topics located at the end of the lesson plan.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide kids into groups and assign them specific themes to explore, and bring the class together for a group discussion
  • Have learners track the themes throughout the book during the unit
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