Objective Students will be able to identify examples of racism in the text and discuss the effect of textual events has on the narrator. Essential Question



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Sheldon Krieger

Professor Zumhagen

Teaching of Reading

20 July 2012

Lesson Plan: “Battle Royal”

Objective

Students will be able to identify examples of racism in the text and discuss the effect of textual events has on the narrator.


Essential Question

How does racism turn the narrator into an “invisible man”?


Standard

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. (Common Core, Reading Standards Grade 9-10, Key Ideas and Details – 1)


Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. (Common Core, Reading Standards Grade 9-10, Key Ideas and Details – 3)
Materials

“Battle Royal”

“African American Critical Lens – Key Concepts” handout (Types of Racism notes)

“‘Battle Royal’ Mask” graphic organizer

Art supplies
Background

Students have read Ralph Ellison’s chapter/short story “Battle Royal” the previous night.


Lesson

  1. Students will be given the “African American Critical Lens – Key Concepts” handout and discuss the different types of racism. (2 minutes)

  2. Students will complete the “‘Battle Royal’ Mask” graphic organizer. (5 minutes)

  3. Students will discuss as a class the effects of racism on the narrator, guided by the questions, “What does the narrator mean when he calls himself an ‘invisible man’?” and “How does racism turn the narrator into an ‘invisible man’?” (3 minutes)


Assessment

Can students explain the difference between the types of racism?

Can students cite textual evidence of racism in the text?

Can students analyze and discuss as a class how these acts of racism in the text effect the narrator?



African American Critical Lens – Key Concepts


  1. Many are unaware of the full extent of the contributions of African Americans to the arts.

  2. Further, many are unaware of how current African Americans are in a cycle of poverty and racial inequality, still.

  3. African American culture has strong roots in oral history, their language, their names, their arts, and their community (specifically, family and church).

  4. Racism towards African American often stems from and builds on the negative stereotypes of laziness, stupidity, violence, promiscuity, and drug use, as well as the positive stereotypes of natural athleticism, natural dancing ability, and devotion.

  5. Institutionalized racism is racism that is practiced in our social structure, and includes unequal prison terms based on type of drug (and types of drugs are often linked to particular races—crack cocaine v. powder cocaine), housing inequality, and educational inequality.

  6. Internalized racism is when African Americans accept the racism they face.

  7. Intraracial racism occurs in the African American community based on certain people or groups being darker than others—“If you’re white, you’re alright; if you’re brown, stick around; if you’re black, get back.”

  8. Double consciousness (first proposed by DuBois) is an awareness that one belongs to more than one culture, i.e. the African American culture and the white European culture.

Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Date:_________________________________


Battle Royal” Mask
First, find textual evidence for each category listed below.

Then, place that textual evidence on the blank face (reverse side) in the area listed. Your textual evidence may be the quotes from the text, or it may be a visual representation of the textual evidence.


1. Forehead – An example of institutionalized racism
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2. Eyes – An example of internalized racism
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3. Right Cheek – An example of the racist language used by the white men
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4. Left Cheek – An example of a racist stereotype used by the white men
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5. Lips or Chin – An example of the narrator’s physical or emotional endurance
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