Ernest J. Gaines
Lesson plans for A Lesson Before Dying and other books

|Biography and Background| |The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman| |A Lesson Before Dying|

Biography and Background

A Conversation with Ernest Gaines
In this 1998 interview Gaines discusses the influence of the South on his writing.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Focusing on a theme of the civil rights struggle, this site includes theme openers, crosscurricular activities, and research activities.

Study Guide for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Prereading and background information, a variety of response and analysis questions and diagrams, and questions for related readings. This 22-page guide requires Adobe Reader or equivalent application for access.

A Lesson Before Dying

A Lesson Before Dying
This unit plan uses the Understanding by Design model.

A Lesson Before Dying
These materials from Oprah's book club include an author interview and discussion questions.

A Lesson Before Dying: Teacher Guide
Background, author bio, and an extensive set of questions for discussion and writing. Follow the link at top right to questions designed for a book club.