in the Promised Land" by Kristin Hunter
"Passing" by Langston Hughes
by Langston Hughes examines how one character deals with racism
by blending into Euro-American culture. In contrast, the short
story "Guests in the Promised Land" by Kristin Hunter, presents
a protagonist who fights back against his situation of oppression
with anger and force. As background knowledge for this classroom
lesson's seminar discussion, students read "Guests in the
Promised Land." This text pairing affords students with an
opportunity to see how two different individuals might have
dealt with being African American during the early 1930s.
Use the companion text, To
Be a Slave, by Julius Lester, to expand students'
background knowledge. To Be a Slave is a nonfiction
account drawn from actual slave narratives.
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