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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Teaching Unit
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By the end of this unit, the student will be able to:
- Define autobiography and discuss why this fictional novel is written in the guise of an autobiography.
- Point out instances of irony in this story
- Discuss the importance of names to the former slaves in the story.
- Discuss the significance of the following symbols: blood, uniform caps, Ned’s flint.
- Understand the hardships of daily life on the plantation, both before and after the Civil War.
- Point out the religious references in the story and discuss the importance of
- Christian values to Jane and to the black community.
- Discuss the restrictions placed on the lives of freed slaves after the Civil War, which curtailed their ability to better their lives, including the patrollers, poor educational opportunities, and the lack of Yankee troops.
- Characterize Miss Jane Pittman; cite incidents from the story to show her strength, courage, intelligence, and humor.
- Discuss the significance of the chapter titles.
- Cite incidents from the story to support or refute the following statement: This novel is a model for the experiences of black people after the Civil War.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.