Read “Thank You Ma’am,” by Langston Hughes.
Respond to the Story
- The first sentence of the story suggests that the tone will be humorous. What other details in the story add to the humorous effect?
- Despite the light tone, the story deals with a serious subject. Which details in the story tell you that the purpose of the story is more serious?
- Do you think that meeting Mrs. Jones will turn out to be a turning point in Roger’s life? Explain.
- What is the kindest thing that a stranger has ever done for you or someone you know?
Create a Thank-You Letter
Write a thank-you letter to Mrs. Jones using the point of view or voice of Roger after several years have passed. In the letter, you should review the events and the effect her kindness had on Roger. Tell her about what has happened since. Remember the course focus, “The Human Condition – In Search of Self.” Try to include some comments about how Mrs. Jones changed Roger’s life.
Use the following address information for your letter:
Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones lives in the city of Joplin, Missouri. She lives on the first floor of a rooming house, Unit 4, at 123 5th Street. Her United States postal code is 64802.
Roger Hughes now works in Columbia, Missouri in an office at 230 Jesse Hall. The United States postal code there is 65211.
Read “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” by Evan Hunter
Respond to the following questions on the various aspects of the story:
- Who is the protagonist?
- What is/are the conflict(s)?
- The conflict is developed through the use of names that apply to the boy: Andy and a Royal. Skim the story to note how the names appear in critical places. What do these names represent?
- What effect does Andy’s jacket have on the people who find him in the alley?
- What are the reasons why these people do not help Andy?
- At what point does Andy realize he is dying?
- What does Andy do with the last of his strength? How is this important to the theme and to the outcome of the conflict?
- What is the climax or turning point? Sketch a Plot Diagram. Try this Plot Diagram Generator or find another.
Create a Plot Diagram
- What is the police officer’s reaction to Andy? How does this contribute to the author’s message?
Assessment Activity: Who Am I?
Consider an essay planning map for this expository writing task
Consider your own identity: who are you, what makes you unique, how do others see you, what do you want others to know and see about you. Write a post in your blog that represents yourself: embed visual elements and/or other suitable medium.
You may wish to include some of the following elements:
- a personal motto or saying
- a symbol that represents something about you
- your attitudes about yourself
- your strengths and talents
- your hopes and dreams for the future
- what you most like about yourself
- what you are working on improving about yourself (with a positive focus) not what you dislike about yourself
Focus on the positive and create a post that makes you feel good about yourself while showing others all that is good about you.
Spend time reviewing the criteria from the assessment rubric.
Blog Post Rubric