FK Lane High
Having Our Say
by Bessie and Sadie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth Objectives:
1. By reading Having Our Say students learn about an unfortunate part of American History that is not taught fully- the effects of racism.
2. By reading the book students are reading a primary source document as it is told by tapes of the two women, an oral history format. The book is a first-hand account of "ordinary" people's lives in this country.
3. The extraordinary efforts of these two women through much adversity and racial prejudice should also be an inspiration ot readers.
4. The book wil be the basis for several literary essay and critical lens essay writing assignments.
1. Older people
Write an essay about an older relative who has influenced you in a good way or in any way.
2. Background information on racial segregation in the United States
Objectives: Students will. . .
1. ...understand the content of the Jim Crow laws.
2. ...understand impact of Jim Crow laws at the time.
A. Click on these two hot links to view photos and to read about past laws, no longer legal or in existence, that caused segregation and hardship to many Americans. What areas of life did these laws cover? What do you think of these laws
What are Jim Crow laws?
Photographs of signs depicting Jim Crow Laws
B. Racial segregation actually predated the
Jim Crow Laws. Click on this link and after reading explain
some early history of racial segregation.
early segregation in baseball
C. Read the about the legal case that
enabled Jim Crow Laws to proliferate.
Plessy versus Fergussan -for and against
D. Ordinary Americans have been interviewed
extensively on the effects of racial segreation. Click on
this link and do the assignment explained on the page.
Oral Histories on the effects of Jim Crow Laws
These are interviews on the same topic as those above for
students who want to read more.
Oral History interviews on the effects of Jim Crow laws
E. Compare the made-for -elevision movie with the book in an essay.
3. Literary essay writing
Having Our Say by the Delaney Sisters and Ms. Hearth.
For each part of the book write at least a three paragraph essay. First write the controlling idea. 2nd paragraph -Write how that part # of Having Our Say supports the controlling idea. 3rd paragraph-Conclusion
Part 1 -Older people
Part 2 -the power of love
Part 3 - Happiness doesn't depend on money
Part 4 - racism
Part 5a ( to page 186) overcoming adversity
Part 5b charity
Part 6 - death
Part 7 - make up your own
4. Critical lens essay writing
assignments, using quotations. (for NY State students especially)
For each part of the book write at least a three paragraph essay. First write what the quote means. Then write whether or not you agree with the quote. 2nd paragraph -Write how that part # of Having Our Say supports your opinion. 3rd paragraph-Conclusion
Part 1 -"There's no
such thing as old age. There's only sorrow."
Part 2 - "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it."
Part 3 - "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." (H.D. Thoreau)
Part 4 - The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." (Conrad)
Part 5a ( to page 186) "There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go- if there are no doors- he walks through a wall."
"Part 5b "Charity creates a multitude of sins." (Oscar Wilde)
Part 6 - "A man's dying is more the survivor's affair than his own."
Part 7 -"Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at the close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
critical lens essay test on
entire book- "I am the captain of my ship, I am the
master of my soul." or "There's nothing
more determined than a cat on a hot tin roof."
For each of the parts of the book (part 5 is divided into halves-split at page 186) do a double entry notebook.
Students will write several drafts of their essays and theiy will choose their best 5 essays to submit. Also students will submit final drafts of their best essays to be featured on class web site: highwired.com/fklane/e201