Kindred Teacher Guide

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A teacher's guide for Kindred provides instructors with a wealth of materials to enrich either a full-class reading or independent study of Octavia E. Butler's popular science fiction novel. The activities are designed to encourage readers to think critically about Butler's purpose in structuring the time-traveling novel as a first-person slave narrative.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the novel as a opportunity to discuss the in medias res approach Butler uses
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to John J. Clayton's essay 
  • The third lesson requires either computer lab time or individual access to computers with Internet connection
  • Assumes readers are familiar with the conventions of slave narratives

  • The 15-page packet includes 10 step-by-step daily plans that indicate the Common Core standards addressed, journal prompts, and discussion questions, and a list of final writing assessment options

  • No rubric for the writing assessment is included