English Lesson SHORT STORY: READ AND RESPOND, AND PERSONAL RESPONSE Author: Sonia Sanchez Who is Sonia Sanchez? African-American poet Most often associated with Black Arts Movement. Author of poems, plays, and children’s books. Early Life Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1934. Grew up with Grandmother. Moved to Harlem to live with her father when she was 9. Education Received a B.A. in Political Science in 1955 from Hunter College (New York) Completed postgraduate work at New York University Career Taught 5th grade in NYC until 1966 Was a professor at 8 universities Lectured at over 500 college campuses First to create and teach a course based on black women and literature in the U.S. Taught at Temple University, current poet in residence. Writing Wrote many plays and books dealing with struggles and lives of Black America. Edited 2 anthologies on Black literature Known for innovative melding of musical formats (haiku and tanka) Awards P.E.N. Writing Award National Education Association Award, 1977-1988. National Academy and Arts Award National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award, 1978-1979. American Book Award “Norma” Short Story From larger work: Homegirls and Handgrenades, (1984) First person narrative about two girls who are students at the same school, with the same access to education, but end up on different paths in life. Before Reading Activity Time: 5 minutes On a piece of paper: Answer the following questions: On a scale between 1-10 (1 is low and 10 is high) how much do you value getting an education? 2. Using the same scale, how do you rate your teachers, in general? 3. Yes or No, do you think some students are just naturally smart? 1. Before Reading Activity Cont. 4. Yes or No, are you naturally smart? 5. List one subject/class in school that comes easily to you. 6. Yes or No, do you think you would be treated better if you were the opposite sex? Reading Activity (10 Minutes) Teacher: Read the story out loud. Students: Take notes on the story as the teacher reads. Post Reading Activity: 15 minutes Separate Students into groups of 3: 1 student takes notes on questions 1 student facilitates discussion 1 student will use notes to present information to the class. Post Reading Questions What kind of student was Norma? What do you think should have happened to her? Why do you think her life turned out as it did? 2. What kind of student was Sonia Sanchez? What do you think should have happened to her? Why do you think her life turned out as it did? 3. Would Norma’s life have turned out differently if she had been Norman? Explain. 1. Post Reading Discussion: 15 Minutes Each group will present their results. Teacher will lead discussion. Journal Prompt: 15 minutes After reading the story, answer the writing prompts based on your life/education experience: Who do you relate to more, Sonia or Norma? Why? What influences do you have that make you come to school everyday? How do you think Mr. Castor and Mrs. LeFevebre could have helped Norma? Do you have a teacher who inspired you? Do you have a teacher who made you dislike school? Explain.