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Skilled Black slave women on plantations and in other wealthy households also did the spinning, weaving, sewing and quilting in addition to many household duties. Their surviving quilts provide a unique history of their lives and culture. For a long time it had been commonly thought that slaves in the general plantation population didn't make quilts. The selection "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker explores the role heritage and culture play in an individual's understanding of his or her life and identity.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
This lesson will enable students to:
a. understand the contributions of the past to the present
b. interpret and analyze a short story about family and hertiage
c. define theme and metaphor and recognize the use of these literary elements
d. design a quilt
Additional Learning Objective(s):
91 to 120 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Copy of "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker
Computer with Internet
Technology Resources Needed:
In order for students to appreciate and understand this selection, the teacher needs to introduce students to quilting. The teacher should have taught literary elements such as point of view, theme, metaphor and symbol).
1. The teacher should have the students work in small groups to discuss the older and younger generations. Have each group discuss truths they have about their parents generation and a list of truths their parents have about their generations.
2. After about ten minutes, allow each group to share their list. Once truths have been given from each group, have the students tell you how or why these truths were formed about their parents' generation and why these truths were formed for the younger generation.
3. Now explain to the students, the selection they are about to read examines the role heritage and culture plays in an individual's understanding of his or her life and identity.
4. Ask students to consider the following questions as they read the selection:
Have students create a quilt.
Have students write a compare/contrast essay about the two sisters in the selection.
The teacher could have students create a museum of quilts based on the locality of the school.
The teacher could also stage a Talk Show and invite local quilters to the school and allow the students to pose questions about quilting.
Based on the learning style of the students, the students could be divided into their learning style group. For example the kinesthetic group could role-play a scene between the two sisters; visual learner could create their own drawing of the quilts the narrator has; and an auditory learners could do reader's theater of their favorite scene in the story.
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