Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
This section includes summaries of the lessons featured in the video programs.
The lessons explore the literature through a cultural
Session 5: Cultural Studies: Ishmael Reed
Betty Tillman Samb uses a cultural studies approach
in her literature class by comparing trickster figures in Ishmael Reed's
"Railroad Bill, A Conjure Man" and "High
John de Conquer," from Zora Neale Hurston's The Sanctified
Church. Using literature circles, students read magazine articles
and stories that help to make clear the meaning of "Railroad Bill."
Bobbi Ciriza Houtchens uses a cultural studies approach to help students
understand Graciela Limón's novel Erased Faces about the
Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico.