GRADE NINE QUARTER ONE CLOSE READING LESSON “NEW DIRECTIONS” BY MAYA ANGELOU Question One When Annie’s husband leaves, he moves on with his life. Explain whether he truly chooses a new path. Answer in 2-3 sentences using at least 2 details from the text for support. “NEW DIRECTIONS” BY MAYA ANGELOU Question Two Write a brief explanation discussing why Annie carries the pails of stones to the cotton gin, the sawmill, and back home. “NEW DIRECTIONS” BY MAYA ANGELOU Question Three Why is Annie so successful with her business? Identify two qualities that Annie possesses and find examples from the text which exemplify those qualities. “NEW DIRECTIONS” BY MAYA ANGELOU Question Four Explain how the word unpalatable in the last sentence reflects the choices and the changes in Annie’s life. Write a paragraph to explain the meaning of the word unpalatable and relate it to the changes in Annie’s life. BREAKING NEW GROUND BY MADAME C. J. WALKER Question Five What innovative business practices contributed to Walker’s success? Find three details in the text that support your answer. BREAKING NEW GROUND BY MADAME C. J. WALKER Question Six How do Walker’s actions after her success support her reasons for beginning her business? Use details from the beginning and the end of the text to support a brief explanation. BREAKING NEW GROUND BY MADAME C. J. WALKER Question Seven Write a paragraph to explain how Walker’s motivation for starting a business differ from Annie Johnson’s motivation? CULMINATING WRITING ACTIVITY Write a two-paragraph essay responding to the following question. How could these two women, Annie Johnson and Madame C.J. Walker, be considered role models for their time? Provide specific textual support from both texts in your response.