Beloved by Toni Morrison

Any classroom study of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved requires careful planning and scaffolding. A primary source set that includes a video, illustrations, photos of artifacts, and a broadside of the Fugitive Slave Act provides readers with the context they need to understand Sethe's actions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Pair the reading of Beloved with a study of Euripides version of the Greek myth of Medea
  • Have groups investigate and report on Euripides's Medea, on the story of Margaret Garner, Magical Realism, and the Fugitive Slave Act
Classroom Considerations
  • A protocol must be in place to assure a safe, respectful discussion of the  text
  • Requires access to computers with internet
  • Materials in the set reveal the parallels between the classic Greek tragedy, Medea, and Morrison's novel
  • The packet includes discussion questions and activities
  • None