LEO: Papa Was a Rolling Stone
BLUESONG GUIDE DESCRIPTION“Papa was a Rolling Stone” is an epic social commentary about families that struggle to stay afloat when one parent is absent from the picture. This study guide is designed to link up with thematically related texts like Angela’s Ashes, and The Color of Water and Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman.
Mindblue’s differentiated lesson plan is filled with multi-disciplinary activities linking the song to the photography of Gordon Parks, the sociology of the modern family, and movies like the Hugh Grant comedy, About a Boy.
Father Son Relationships
Death of Father
Point of view
Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
Black Boy – Richard Wright
Native Son – Richard Wright
All My Sons – Arthur Miller
Father Figure – Richard Peck
The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver
Adaline Falling Star – Mary Pope Osbourne
The Color of Water – James McBride
The Sign of the Chrysanthemum – Katherine Patterson
Long Day’s Journey into Night – Eugene O’Neill
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
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