Reflection: Real World Applications Comparing Fiction to Fact - Section 2: Black Boy

 

Wright sticks to the truth in Black Boy, including the language used. The N word is used often in the excerpt I read, and I had to make a choice about how to deal with it. I feel that as readers, it is our duty to honor the words of the author--that includes reading them aloud. However, that doesn't mean they go unaddressed. Whenever hard words are used in a text, I ask, why do you think the author used this language? We realized today that Wright was simply revealing the nature of the times, that cruel language was okay. That certainly doesn't make it okay today.

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Comparing Fiction to Fact

Unit 6: Purpose Across Multiple Texts
Lesson 13 of 17

Objective: SWBAT compare and evaluate fictional and informational texts by analyzing for evidence of the Jim Crow era.

Big Idea: Can fiction reveal the truth? Or is only the truth worth reading? Comparison and evaluation.

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English / Language Arts, comparison and contrast, Evaluation and Analysis, equality (American Govt), multiple texts, analyze details, comparison, historical background, equality
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