Class Agenda 51B – Native Son 64-72 – Double Consciousness

Date: 12/5/17

Opening Song “Who’s Loving You” Jackson 5 (4:08 – 1969)

Do Now Analyze the Quote below as it relates to Native Son. 

  • How does the quote connect/relate to Native Son?

Read Aloud-

Understanding W.E.B Dubois Concept of Double Consciousness  

SLT and HW Check

SLT- I can analyze the concept of Double Consciousness as it relates to “Native Son.”

Circle the verbs, underline the nouns

Mini Lesson-

Double Consciousness and Native Son- W.E.B Du Bois wrote about Double Consciousness in 1903. Native was originally published in 1940 and Richard Wright was certainly aware of this concept while writing his book.

There quick examples of physical behavior- 

Page 62- “He touched his cap and wondered if it was the right thing to do.”

Then there are deeper examples. 

Page 63 – “He held the steering wheel lightly, waiting for the line to move forward. He had a keen sense of power when driving; the feel of a car added something to him.”

  • We’ll have time to go back through the book with Double Consciousness in mind at some point, but let’s start to notice how the author addresses this concept in today’s pages, and the rest of “Book 1- Fear.”

Independent Work:

Independent work

Page 65– “She was an odd girl alright…” – how does the rest of this paragraph relate to double consciousness?

Page 68 – Bigger seems to have a different opinion of the beautiful skyline than Mary and Jan. Why do you think he does not feel the same way? How could this relate to double consciousness.

Page 69-70 – based on Mary wanting to go into Bigger’s apartment building and Ernie’s, is Mary a good person? explain. 

Exit ticket-

BOX 4 – Add to your Do Now–> Analyze the Quote below as it relates to Native Son

HW- regular HW- but bonus for journaling about double consciousness in modern society.

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