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Yhemes of Love and Death in Sula

1921 pp30-48
Vocabulary: sovereign, crevices, gesture, chronic, surly, graphically, imminent, idiosyncrasies, stealthily, frail, fluted, swooned, spontaneous fastidious, emerge, exasperated, vitriol unaccustomed, engulfed

Discussion: Why do you think Eva killed her son? What was the author’s intent when she created this event?

Image: Plum’s death

Love Chart:

1. The Dewey’s "inseparable, loving nothing and no one but themselves." (Sula p 38)
2. Eva Peace’ loving care of Plum as a child

Death Chart:

1. Eva had lost a leg possibly on purpose to collect insurance to take care of children
2. Plum’s death

Timeline: Plum’s death

Activity: Ask what social issues have come up in the novel so far:

1. The horror of war
2. Care of veterans
3. The treatment and care of the mentally ill
4. Racism
5. Drug addiction
6. Alcohol addiction
7. Infidelity
8. Absent parents
9. Divorce
10. Domestic violence

Class votes for the four topics which interest them the most.

Assignment: Bring to class four articles found on the Web or in a current periodical.
*Teacher collects the articles for a week or more.
*Teach paraphrasing, note taking and citing of sources.
*In class, students share articles, take notes and write essays that represent the research that proves their thesis statements.
*The thesis statement may be provided by the teacher or brainstormed by the students.

Examples of thesis statements:

Racism affects all races.
Drug addiction should treated, not punished.
Domestic violence is a widespread problem
Alcohol is more dangerous than most people realize.

*In groups, according to topics, students edit and revise essays.
Note: Compose and edit (on Alpha Smarts if available).

1922 pp.49-66
Vocabulary: definitively, epithet, sinister, enterprises,
delirium, profound, awry, intimacy, consistent, harassing, pervasive, concurred, acquiesced, sauntered, defiling

Discussion: Was Sula guilty in any way? Why didn’t the girls tell what had happened?
Images: Chicken Little’s death, funeral

Death Chart: Chicken Little drowns

Timeline: Chicken Little drowns

Music: "Shall We Gather at the River?"

Sociogram: Fill in names of people who have come up in the novel so far and their relationships to Sula.

1923 pp. 67-78
Vocabulary: indisputable

Discussion: Why is Eva so upset by Hannah’s questioning her about her love for her children?

Images: Eva abandoned with children; Sula’s birthmark; Hannah’s death

Love Chart
:1. Hannah questions Eva, "Mamma, did you ever love us?"(Sula p.67) and Eva responds, "...I stayed alive for you..." (Sula p. 69)
2. Eva risks life jumping out window to save Hannah

Death Chart: Hannah dies in yard fire

Discussion: Why is Eva so upset by Hannah’s questioning her about her love for her children?

1. 1895: Boy Boy had abandoned Eva and children
2. Hannah dies in yard fire

1927 pp.79-85
Vocabulary: stamina, fatigue, enviable prosperity, euphoria, venture, industrious, mischievous, litheness

Sula Log: Describe a dream wedding

Image: Symbol for Nel and Jude’s wedding

Timeline: Nel and Jude marry, Sula leaves
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