Thursday, June 11, 2009

Black Like Me

This summer, as part of the summer school curriculum, I will teach the non-fiction work, Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin. The book will be used in conjunction with the history of the Civil Rights Movement and paired with the fictional work of Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country.
I have taught Cry, but never Black Like Me. I've had some difficutly finding quality resources online, and wonder if any of The Daily Grind's readers have suggestions.

4 Comments:

At 4:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Griffith speak at Vanderbilt my senior year (1973). He told all of the physical effects he had from the drugs that he took and said that he would do it again.

Find a copy of Soul Sister by Grace Halsell - it may be out of print but it is possible to find it. The woman who wrote it followed Griffith's steps.

 
At 8:14 AM , Blogger Hedgetoad said...

I can't wait to see what you do... I found the book fascinating and always wondered about teaching it to my students.

Although it would a much different experience with my students...

 
At 10:43 AM , Blogger Braemar said...

was required with a paper response my freshman year in college. (1966)

did you get to pick your own literature?

 
At 5:45 PM , Anonymous Jude said...

Web English teacher had a link to this lesson plan: http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/resources/lessonplans/amlit_lp_black_like_me.htm

Educator's Reference Desk had some civil rights lesson plans that might be useful. http://www.eduref.org

Just googling "black like me" lesson plans brought up some possibilities, e.g. http://english.byu.edu/Novelinks/Novel%20Pages/Black%20Like%20Me.htm
which looks potentially useful.

I always like to use the IAT test at www.understandingprejudice.org, but it might not be that exciting at summer school.

 

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