Approaching the "N-Word" in Classic Literature Teacher Guide, relevant articles, and questions for discussion. One of the most difficult aspects of teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, and similar classic texts is how to appropriately and sensitively approach the use of the “n-word” in the texts. This resource provides notes, articles, and questions that are relevant, real, and can spark sensitive, yet powerful, discussions. Two articles are provided - both by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, written in 1998 and 2002. Links to further resources are also provided. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher notes are notes on how I approached this sensitive topic in my own classroom tenure, and will not work for everyone. I recommend consulting with your administration at the school or district level for guidance on how they would support your teaching of these texts before proceeding. For a blog post on this topic, click here. *Use at your own risk*
Use as a supplemental activity for your novel unit, or as part of your social studies/history unit.
Includes both PRINTABLE and DIGITAL VERSIONS for Distance Learning and In-Person Classrooms.