Chapter III.

For Teachers: Using the Remembering Slavery Book in the Classroom.

As with the Listening Guide to the taped/broadcast portion of Remembering Slavery, the Reading Guide included here - featuring a Preview, Reading Goal, list of Selected Readings, Follow-Up Questions and Additional Activities - can be used to generate leson plans to involve and engage your students more in the material and the issues the book raises. You might choose to create a lesson plan based on each individual chapter and its theme, or have a unit on the entire book, selecting a representative sampling of readings or picking and choosing those narratives, questions, and activities best suited for your class.

Consult the section titled "For Teachers: Using the Listening and Reading Guides as Model Lesson Plans for Remembering Slavery" in Chapter 2 for ways to specifically tailor each of these sections to the classroom. As with the Listening Guide exercises, you'll get the most out of your students if you encourage them first to freewrite in response to any of the quesitons included here before opening them up to discussion. You also might want to go over the "Tips for Reading" above, or have the students brainstorm their own strategies for careful, concentrated reading.

Time probably makes it difficult to have the class read the entire book. If you want to have students read parts of the book, though, you can either choose to focus on specific chapters, or select specific selections from each chapter. To help determine which selections you want to use, the Reading Guide provides a list of chapter highlights with brief summaries; these pieces touch on the most crucial topics in the chapter, and are particularly accessible to students.

There are several ways you might assign the readings. One is to assign the reading for homework; you might also devote classroom time to reading either silently or out loud in class. If time allows, it might be helpful to have students read the narratives more than once; perhaps initially on their own at home and a second time in class. The readings lend themselves well to reading out loud, an activity that might be handled in a number of ways. You can go around the room, with students taking turns reading out loud. You might also assign specific narratives and interviews to individual students or groups of students, who can prepare a presentation for the class incorporating a "dramatic reading" and other activities designed by the students (such as writing their own questions for the class; conducting research about issues related to their narrative and presenting it to the class).

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