Lesson Plan

Teaching Guide: Exploring Beloved

Toni Morrison's powerful and painful Pulitzer Prize winning novel Beloved is not easy to read or easy to teach. Here's a teaching guide, loaded with primary source materials, that gives readers the background they need to understand the dilemma Sethe faces and the terrible choice she makes.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Present the Medea materials before reading part one of the novel
  • Ask readers to bookmark passages they find confusing or troubling to bring to small group or full class discussions
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of Toni Morrison's Beloved
  • Presumes class members have previously studied the Underground Railroad and the Fugitive Slave Act
  • Primary sources provide background information about Martha Browne Griffin
  • Includes discussion questions, activities, and links to additional resources
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