This is an assignment sheet for a literary analysis paper. The Literary Analysis paper is based off of two articles + a short story. The short story, "The Lesson" is an innovative and compelling story about young Black/African American Children understanding how the world doesn't favor those who are considered "poor;" they learn about social injustice.
The two articles by Elizabeth Peterson: "How "Bad English" Works Against Us" and "African American English" help students strengthen the connection between what African American English (AAE) is to how it is portrayed in Bambara's short story. Peterson explains the grammatical features of AAE and where it originated from.
This assignment sheet is useful for intro linguistics courses or first-year composition courses (particularly ones focused on research or even higher level English courses).
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