Nonfiction—Black Boy

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Nonfiction—Black Boy

  1. 1. BLACK BOY By Richard Wright
  2. 2. Before we read… <ul><li>Let’s PREDICT a few things about the reading… </li></ul><ul><li>What TYPE of nonfiction is this? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NARRATIVE or INFORMATIVE ? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do you think it might be about? </li></ul><ul><li>What memorable experiences have you had with cultural pressure — when you’ve felt pressure to talk or act in a certain way ? </li></ul><ul><li>Write about your experience in your journal. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vocabulary <ul><li>on a space-rate basis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pay varying on the length of the article (p. 298) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>alien </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It was the strangest (most alien ) idea imaginable — (p. 298) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>hedged </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wright hedged when he avoided giving a direct answer —( p. 298) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contemptuous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lacking respect; scornful (p. 299) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>quarter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Here, quarter means person, place or group (p. 298) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Vocabulary <ul><li>naive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innocent, simple, unsophisticated (p. 300) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>strive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To make an intense effort — (p. 300) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>articulate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to express oneself clearly & effectively ( p. 300) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ultimate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The most significant; best; highest; final (p. 300) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. THESIS <ul><li>What IS a THESIS? </li></ul><ul><li>THESIS is the MAIN IDEA of a story or an article </li></ul><ul><li>In nonfiction, where is the thesis usually found? </li></ul><ul><li>In nonfiction, the thesis is, not always, but often stated in the opening paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>AS YOU READ BLACK BOY , LOOK FOR THE THESIS--WHERE DO YOU FIND IT? </li></ul>
  6. 6. BLACK BOY <ul><li>What reason does Wright give for writing his story? </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize the details of Wright’s meeting with the newspaper editor. </li></ul><ul><li>How did Wright’s classmates, family members and school principal respond to his story? </li></ul><ul><li>What did Wright plan to do if he achieved his dream of going north? </li></ul><ul><li>What conclusions does Wright draw about the Jim Crow laws? </li></ul>

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