It was time for a cultural celebration. African Americans had endured centuries of slavery and the struggle for abolition.
Below, the content of each text and film is briefly summarized and the main teaching points are highlighted. Teachers can use clips from the films to highlight similarities and main points from the novels. Age ranges are suggested, but teachers should consider their own school environment and classroom compositions in determining how much of a film should be shown.
Fonny has been falsely accused of raping a Puerto Rican woman, and is serving a lengthy prison term. The charge against Fonny sticks because of the false testimony of a white policeman who lied to punish Tish and Fonny for embarrassing him.
The film, In the Heat of the Night features Mr. Tibbs, a distinguished homicide detective from Philadelphia returns to Mississippi to visit his mother. When a rich factory owner turns up dead, the racist police arrest Tibbs on suspicion of murder.
When Chief Gillespie and his squad find out that Tibbs is a lawman himself, they are forced to examine their prejudices and work together to solve the crime. Teachers can use this pairing to have students: Both Marlow and Kurtz are ivory traders. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe presents another view of the relationship between missionaries and Africans — the perspective of Okonkwo, a native Nigerian who sees his way of life changing with the onset of white missionaries.
His experiences with the missionaries and later the white exploiters produce catastrophic consequences for him and his family. Apocalypse Now is a film based on the book, Heart of Darkness.
The film, however, is set during the Vietnam War and does not follow the plot of the book exactly.
Teachers can use this paring to have students: Throughout the novel, Amir realizes the consequences of his betrayal and seeks to make it right. The film, Slumdog Millionaire, is also a coming-of-age story.
This tale depicts two orphaned brothers who face tremendous hardship as they grow up in the streets of Mumbai, India. The main character, Jamal, explains his life story to a suspicious police officer after he wins a million dollars on a game show. In both novels, the protagonists are faced with hard decisions about their involvement with gangs and ultimately learn lessons that transform their lives.
One gang is comprised of mostly Irish immigrants while the other is made up of New York natives. Their hatred of each other produces extreme violence on the streets of New York. This abuse makes Pecola feel ugly, so she craves the bluest eyes because she feels that will make her loved and beautiful.
This belief is because of pervasive white ideology that was prevalent during that time period. The film, Their Eyes were Watching God, follows Janie Crawford through a series of dysfunctional and abusive relationships with men.
Janie embodies characteristics that both Pecola and Claudia have; however, her journey to self-fulfillment is marked with embracing and accepting herself as she is and rejecting people who want to change her.
Despite a lack of strong female role models and experiencing traumatic events, Esperanza wants to persevere and not be sentenced to a life of staring out of a window.
The film, The Color Purple, is about Celie, a black woman who has also experienced numerous traumatic events during her life in the South.Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston - Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston At the time when African Americans writers were struggling, Zora Neale Hurston was realized by her fresh and utterly distinctive language of text.
The list is sorted alphabetically by default. Included is each book's rank in the ALA's lists of top challenged books by decade (if applicable). Strong Women The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison or Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and the film version of Their Eyes Were Watching God (Ages ).
The Bluest Eye is about Pecola Breedlove, a little girl growing up in the s, who is abused by society, her classmates, and her family because she is black. This abuse makes Pecola feel ugly, so she craves the bluest eyes. The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson Book Trailer.
Mystery/Thriller. The day that Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city. In this course we will read three genres in American literature: short stories, poems, and a novel.
Edgar Allan Poe, Kate Chopin, Eudora Welty, and Kurt Vonnegut will introduce us to Gothic Romanticism, turn of the (nineteenth) century feminism, racial discrimination during the segregation era, and a dystopian view on equality.
The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson Book Trailer. Mystery/Thriller. The day that Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a .