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The scope of this unit will not be confined to just reading African-American autobiography orally, but will also include creative writing skills, reading African-American poetry and improving oral expression. By reading an African-American autobiography, students will observe elements of language different from what may be found in other types of literature. A problem of cultural awareness may arise with some of the reading selections, but this problem may be dealt with through discussing cultural differences. Teachers must provide students with necessary author background information, cultural vocabulary, preparing for reading and establishing the purpose for reading African-American autobiography.
I am writing this unit for eighth-grade Language Arts students. For some students, this may be a first-time experience reading African-American autobiography. The objective of this unit is to teach the appreciation of African-American autobiography from a cultural perspective.
(Recommended for Language Arts, grade 8)
Autobiography Afro-Americans Langston Hughes