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  1. American Studies • Mr. Wookey • Mrs. Hansen • Jim Crow Laws versus Nuremberg Laws

  2. Native Son The objectives

  3. The objectives • Understand Jim Crow Laws and their impact on Bigger and on future generations. • Consider Bigger’s ability to choose by identifying textual examples of naturalism and existentialism. • Why does Wright give us three books entitled: fear, flight, and fate? • Compare and contrast Jim Crow era and Nazi Germany.

  4. Pair Share Discussion • Answer the following questions on a Word document. • E-mail your answers to Mrs. Hansen. • In large group discussion, I will randomly call on one person for each question. Be prepared to present your answer for each. Be prepared to defend your answer as well.

  5. The Questions • Choose one statement and explain yourself: This is a novel of naturalism. This is a novel of existentialism. • How is Bigger a victim, a sacrificial figure? • Get into Wright’s head. Why does he give us Book One (Fear)? Why does he give us Book Two (Flight)? Why does he give us Book Three (Fate)?

  6. The Questions • The word benighted means “overtaken by night or darkness; being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness; unenlightened.” At the end of the story, does Bigger remain benighted or does he become enlightened? Explain. • Why did Wright choose “Native Son” for the title of his novel? Support your answer with textual examples.

  7. Native Son • “Bigger was a son of the United States society. He was compelled to kill under the circumstances that society gave to him. It was his surroundings that made him a beast in the white people’s eyes.” Steven Givens

  8. Jim Crow versus Nazi Germany • The History of the Holocaust • To Kill a Mockingbird • Use Structured Note Taking to compare and contrast Jim Crow era and Nazi Germany.

  9. The History of the Holocaust • Hitler’s Final Solution • Germans = Chosen Ones. • Genocide • Part Jewish?? • Blame depression on Jews

  10. The History of the Holocaust • Used for ? • Slave Labor • Experiments • Abuse • ..\..\StartHolocaust.pdf • http://www.atech.org/faculty/vyoung/25-WWII/ClassPPT/Holocaust10_files/frame.htm

  11. The History of the Holocaust • Timeline • 1933 Camps for Political Enemies = scare • Most Released (Homosexuals) • Nuremberg Laws are Created. • 1938 = Hitler starts Eugenics and Ghettos • 1941 = Killing Camps start.

  12. The History of the Holocaust • U.S. and World Response • Not our problem. • Not going to change over immigration laws.

  13. To Kill a Mockingbird (244-245) • Current Events in Maycomb County • Hitler is persecuting the Jews. • Democracy = “Equal rights for all, special privileges for none” • Then Mrs. Gates said, “That’s the difference between America and Germany. We are a democracy and Germany is a dictatorship . . . Over here we don’t believe in persecuting nobody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudice . . . There are no better people in the world than the Jews, and why Hitler doesn’t think so is a mystery to me.”

  14. Web Quest • Purpose: Review information on Jim Crow Laws. Research and read the Nuremberg Laws. • Use “Structured Note-Taking” to compare and contrast both eras and both sets of laws. • Go to “My Computer.” • Go to “Wsd” drive. • Go to “Mary Barton” folder. • Find “reading_structured_note_taking” • See Mrs. Hansen’s example! • JCL versus NL.doc

  15. JOURNAL • Create Structured Note document that compares and contrasts Jim Crow laws and Nuremburg laws. • Print it. • Put it into your journal.

  16. Use these websites • “The Nuremberg Laws on Citizenship and Race:September 15, 1935”http://www.mtsu.edu/~baustin/nurmlaw2.html • “Law for the Protection of German Blood and German HonorSeptember 15, 1935”http://www.mtsu.edu/~baustin/nurmlaw3.html • “’Jim Crow’ Laws”http://www.nps.gov/malu/documents/jim_crow_laws.htm

  17. Use these websites last • “THE NUREMBERG LAWS” http://www.mtsu.edu/~baustin/nurmberg.html