Character vs. Society in The Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is difficult to read and difficult to teach. The novel is so highly regarded that it is one of most often listed as an option for the AP Literature and Composition exam. The materials in this packet from PBS merit inclusion in your curriculum library.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside extra prep time to set up the video play and open separate tabs on the computer for the various links to materials
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of the novel and access to Alain Locke's essay "The New Negro"
  • Comes with a warning that some of the materials may be sensitive for some pupils; therefore, review all the materials to determine if appropriate for your classes
  • One of five resources focused on Invisible Man from PBS's The Great American Read series
Pros
  • Provides detailed plans for each of the three grade levels
  • Includes teaching tips, a close-reading analysis guide, background readings, and activities
Cons
  • None