An idea for teaching with Night John
If looking at the characters in the story - ask a question for example, where did the three main characters get their strength to go on in day to day life?
If we concentrate on the time in which this story was written as a class, students could look into similar novels. To name a few Underground Railway and Underground to Canada. These novels deal with groups of people searching for freedom.
Geography would be interesting, student could map out directions give through the songs sang. The songs guided the slaves to freedom. They used stars, waterways, mountian and other landformations. They were not allowed to read or write, however, in Night John, he was teaching the people to read and write.
This novel could be used in many lessons even for cultural studies.
I really enjoyed this book