Classroom Strategies

I find that the easiest way to introduce this novel is by having students look up the word “passing.” I ask them to look up the word, and in one page they must provide all the different definitions they found and speculate about which definition will relate to the use of the word in the book. On the first day of class discussion over the book, I ask students to share what definitions they found and what they’ve hypothesized. This is a good activity because it allows for later discussion about how their views changed, whether the word as used in the book actually matched any of the definitions they found, whether more than one definition operates in the book. Students seem to find this activity pretty eye-opening. [Berneta Haynes]