3P HONORS UNIT GOAL:
Students will write a critical response to themes conveyed by dialogue and tragic character flaws in August Wilson’s Fences.
Unit Essential Questions:
What is the impact of larger social forces on freedom and private lives according to August Wilson’s play, Fences?
Tragedy, tragic flaw, tragic hero, foil, motifs, theme(s), Archetypes
OBJECTIVE 1: Historical Context
I. Pre-Reading: Background Video on August Wilson
II. Reading: Fences Study Guide by South Coast Repertory Theater
III. Post-Reading: Author Background Circle Map and Paragraph Frame on August Wilson that examines influences on his writing.
OBJECTIVE 3: Analyze the traits of the American Tragic Hero
I. Pre-Reading: August Wilson Quote Analysis:
“When the sins of our fathers visit us, we do not have to play host. We can banish them with forgiveness as God, in his largeness and Laws.” –August Wilson
II. Reading: Fences by August Wilson Full Text & Notes
III. Post Reading: Write an Analytical Summary that directly answers our ESSENTIAL QUESTION and Critical Response that examines the Traits of the American Tragic Hero as illustrated by the play’s protagonist.