ELA 10B Equality Mr. Germann
from Black Boy
By Richard Wright
1. Read the essay aloud in small groups.
a. These groups wil...
ELA 10B Equality Mr. Germann
Day Work
By James P. Comer
Pre-Reading
Prepare yourself to discuss the situations many blacks...
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6 From Black Boy And 6 Day Work

  1. 1. ELA 10B Equality Mr. Germann from Black Boy By Richard Wright 1. Read the essay aloud in small groups. a. These groups will be chosen by the teacher. 2. Discuss the essay, using the following questions as starting points. Have a written response for each question for marking. a. Explain how the author’s hunger has changed? b. Why isn’t there any food in the Wright household? c. How does Mrs. Wright’s attitude toward her situation change? d. How does Richard first feel about being given the responsibility of shopping? How does this feeling change? Why? e. Why does Mrs. Wright send Richard out to fight? f. What does Richard do to the gang? g. Do you approve of Mrs. Wright’s forcing Richard out to face the gang with a stick? Why or why not? h. Do you think Richard’s life will be different after he wins the fight? i. Think about 1. possible changes in his relationship with his mother 2. possible changes in his relationship with neighbors 3. possible changes in feeling about himself Response Journal 1) The event in the selection occurred around 1913. Could the same thing happen today? If it did, what would be the same and what would be different? If not, why not?
  2. 2. ELA 10B Equality Mr. Germann Day Work By James P. Comer Pre-Reading Prepare yourself to discuss the situations many blacks faced in the past. Read Read the excerpt silently. Post-Reading A large group discussion will take place using the following questions as starting points. 1. What is day work? 2. Why was day work like “going to school” for Maggie Comer? 3. When the guest (p. 523) refers to Maggie’s daughter as “nigger girl”, what does this suggest about her? 4. When Maggie pretends not to hear the offensive remarks about her daughter, she is demonstrating “grace under pressure”. What does this mean? 5. What single word would you use to describe Maggie?

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