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Incorporating the Book into Your Teaching

  • Promote events in your classes
  • Link course readings/assignments to events
  • Assign the book itself
  • Include an excerpt from the book
  • Include related readings, videos, etc.

Teacher’s Guide

NEA Teachers GuideThe Big Read Teacher’s Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Ernest J. Gaines’ classic novel, A Lesson Before Dying. Each lesson has four sections: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.