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Yhemes of Love and Death in Sula


This unit takes approximately six weeks if the text is read in class.

1. Power Point presentation of photos related to the Sula experience
Students watch and respond to photos and news articles presented via Edu Cart to screen or on Net TV

(a) Students respond to each image/ article with one or more of the following:
Dialogue or thought of person in photograph or article
Reminds me of....

(b) Students use their responses to write a poem.

The author of this plan created a powerpoint presentation of images collected from the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Copies of this presentation are available to Oakland teachers on a CD ROM which will be sent out by request.

2. Read article on the life and career of Toni Morrison. * Write two informational or discussion questions for each page. Then ask and answer each other's questions orally as a game for points. The one I recommend is by Tonya Bolden,. And Not Afraid to Dare: The Stories of Ten African American Women. New York: Scholastic Publishing House, 1998.

3. Study the novel.
*Before each chapter, students copy from board, short spelling vocabulary lists of words taken from upcoming pages. Go over the words noting: prefixes, roots and suffixes and their meanings and spelling patterns. Assign students to use in sentences or to locate word and copy sentence for book. LIST of assignments by Chapter follows

*Students read the book in class by three methods:
Read along silently as Toni Morrison reads to them via tape. (See bibliography #7)
Read dialogues orally as Reader’s Theater
Read silently

*At the end of each chapter chart together and individually some or all of the following:
Image: (a small drawing to show visualization and symbolic representation of the main issues or events)
Love: Character, Event, Response
Death: Character, Event, Response
Sociogram Link image of sociogram for Sula | blank sociogram

4. Vocabulary & Log Assignments

Link Go to Part 1 | Go to Part 2

download vocabulary & log exercises in pdf format


Note: Teacher may suggest thesis statement and guide students through outline for essays as a support for students new to this type of writing.

Overview & Essential Question
Activities and Assignments
Page 3 - 6
Page 7 - 16
Page 17 - 29
Page 30 - 48
Page 49 - 66
Page 67 - 78
Page 79 - 85
Page 89 - 111
Page 112 - 137
Page 138 - 149
Page 150 - 162
Page 163 - 174
The Theme of Love in Sula
The Theme of Death in Sula
Samples Of Student Work
Teacher Commentary

Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit
Themes of Love & Death in Sula
Subject: English
Grade Level: 9th

Lesson Plan Author:
L. Delaney
School: Skyline High