Ghost Boys: Educator Guide

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The spirit of the Civil Rights Movement lives on in a more literal than figurative way in Ghost Boys. A focused lesson plan features Jewell Parker Rhodes' novel about ghosts of slain black teenagers, including the main character, Jerome, and a fictionalized Emmett Till, and the conflicted world they have left behind.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners research a figure from the Civil Rights Movement or Black Lives Matter alongside their reading
  • Include in a social studies unit on discrimination or social justice
Classroom Considerations

  • Discusses current issues that may be sensitive to talk about in the classroom, including racial bias and Black Lives Matter
  • The resource is divided into three sections: introduction, literary analysis, and cultural context

  • Covers a scope of events in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that establish the historical context for the novel
  • Provides a plethora of resource links for additional research

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