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Curriculum Objectives: Language Arts students will understand how an author conveys a character’s physicality, personality, life history, and values. Toni Cade Bambara has been called “a major contributor to the emerging genre of black women’s literature,” along with Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. In “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird,” Bambara sets into motion the “power of the word” to speak out against racial stereotyping and to emphasize the value of self-identity, personal pride, and family unity. Bambara’s story centers on a relatively minor racial clash that provides insight into the larger problem of whites stereotyping blacks and the white power structure. With subtleness and intricacy, she weaves characters using precise dialect, body language, action, and even nonverbal sounds that speak volumes about her characters’ self-image, motivations, and personalities. been developed to provide educators with a reliable teaching resource that links a remarkable collection of carefully selected books to classroom Name: Key Terms Toni Cade Bambara, Black Power Movement, body language, dialect, griot, stereotype Teaching Tip activity and practice. Date: Before beginning this activity, students should be familiar with the philosophies of self-definition that received great attention during the Black Power Movement between 1965 Assessment and 1975. “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” Quick Check Students will identify information about literary characters on a Graphic DIRECTIONS: Using information from the articles you researched in the Questia library, Organizer. complete the following graphic organizer. OR Extended Learning Opportunity Amount and Students will brainstorm an author’s What Granny GRANDDADDY CAIN style of speech calls him notes to “design” a character. Quick Check Faculty will have access to educational tools including: 350+ educator-developed lesson plans Approximate Time Frame Body language Quick Check 1 (50-minute) class period Extended Learning Opportunity 1 hour, plus homework Toni Cade Bambara, Ralph Faulkingham, John Wideman, Earl Lovelace Photo credit by: Gigi Kaeser http://www.questiaschool.com/read/796693 His hands An important action Describe his character in your own words 14,000 + books with associated Lexile levels Resources hand-selected by educators, researchers, and UNIT 6 Lesson 1 librarians to align with key state and federal curriculum standards Facial expression Copyright 2007 Questia Media, Inc. Use of this material by any other individual or organization is prohibited. GRANNY Actions that convey her family role Nonverbal sounds and their meaning Describe her character in your own words Embedded assessment tools to monitor and evaluate student progress Plagiarism search tools to help faculty promote student accountability How does Bambara’s inclusion of details about her characters’ personal histories, personalities, and physical characteristics contribute to the reader’s interpretation of the characters? Best of all, you can provide the best online educational resources without UNIT 6 Lesson 1 Quick Check Student Handout Copyright 2007 Questia Media, Inc. Use of this material by any other individual or organization is prohibited. Questia lesson plans and embedded assignments save prep time and result in more contentfocused teaching and learning. tying up current school funds. Instead, the cost of Questia can be deducted from your MBS Direct commission check. 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