This is a call for any ideas, thoughts, or lesson/unit plans about teaching Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle.
I was really excited, but now I'm getting cold feet. It pushes the bounds of high school curriculum more than any book I've ever taught except for perhaps The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which of course has the 'classic' label... and no F-bombs). I think the kids deserve to read a literate and raucous modern satire on race, especially after hearing the same thing from the white perspective in the 10th grade with Huck. It's a superb book, highly-praised and poetic. The kids will love it and get a whole lot out of it. But I want to know if anyone else has tried this. Please email or post. I've gotten one google hit already earlier from "teaching The White Boy Shuffle", and this is a blatant attempt at more. And some help.
It's set for March/April, so we've got plenty of time.
2 years ago