August Wilson, Fences, The Piano Lesson
|Fences E-Notes Lesson Plan
A thorough unit plan, including activities, quizzes, and tests as well as the complete eNotes.
Scroll down on the page for a brief biography.
Biography. Ends in 2004, 5 years before his death.
Decades of Drama: Exploring August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle
"Students will examine Wilson's 10-play series in which each play focuses on a particular decade. They then speculate on possible plots for an eleventh play, set in the 21st century."
Creating Hate: The Power of Words
This lesson plan does not specifically address the play. It is designed to explore the relationship among language, power, and hate.
A teacher's resources for the play, including the Langston Hughes poem "A Dream Deferred," and discussion questions; questions to encourage close reading; and a template for producing a mock newspaper page.
Extensive analysis, pre-reading activities including practice with African-American Vernacular English, practice with allusions, resources for Socratic Seminar, several writing tasks, graphic organizers, passages for close reading and analysis, related poems, related websites, additional background information. Adobe Reader required for access, 90 pages. Considering saving the file and printing only the pages needed.
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This study guide is rich with background information. Requires Adobe Reader for access; 17 pages.
Teaching August Wilson's Fences
Suggestions for final analysis, with emphasis on relationships in the play.
The Lesson the Piano Teaches
This unit plan places heavy emphasis on understanding the historical context of the play. Students write a position paper, and they use technology to present their research. This 15-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
The Piano Lesson: Themes, Motifs, and Symbols
Analysis from Sparknotes.