The Bluest Eye

The 10th grade students took up The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison last semester in their humanities academia block.

Students explored the power of picture language as utilized so beautifully in Morrison’s writing, and more potently explored the weight and power of images in the development of self esteem.  Each student wrote an essay identifying with a character from the book as it related to moments from their personal lives.  In addition, the students learned to play and sing the song Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan, including playing guitar and uke, with vocal harmonies.  The students also contributed toward additional verses of the song in the voice of Pekola, the protagonist in the book.  These themes will return for 10th graders as they take up US history, the civil rights movement and case law later in the year.

“Take this ugly cloak from me
I can’t use it anymore
The sun is shining upon me
Feels like I’m walking’ through heaven’s door”