Introduction: State your topic, give context, and provide a thesis. Write a hook
Introduction: State your topic, give context, and provide a thesis. Write a hook
Introduction: State your topic, give context, and provide a thesis. Write a hook that clearly states the topic of your essay. Create a context for the essay giving a directed summary of Kiese’s experience as a working-class black boy in Jackson, Mississippi. Provide a thesis about the meaning of “black abundance” in this context and how it relates to the dynamics of race, class, and gender in America. Critical Frame: Explain race and its relationship to class and gender. Write one paragraph explaining how class and gender relate to race. The idea here is to create an intersectional paragraph that gives you a framework for explaining Kiese’s experience in the chapters of “Black Abundance.” Use the term “black abundance” to link the critical terms together, selecting the concepts from the critical texts we have read that relate to your argument about Kiese’s experience of race, class, and gender as he grows up and goes through high school. Definition: Define “black abundance.” Along with referencing the chapter “Meager” and at least one of the critical texts on African American Language (AAL), use one of the critical texts about class and one about gender to redefine the term black abundance and expand its meaning. Reconsidering the etymology as well as the multiple definitions of the word should help with this as well as applying the concepts of class and gender to the chapter. Case #1: Provide an example of “black abundance” in terms of race and class from one of the three chapters “Contraction,” “Hulk,” “Gumption.” Write one paragraph based on a scene from one of the three chapters that illustrates “black abundance” in relation to class and race. Remember to provide at least one quote from the text. Case #2: Provide an example of “black abundance” in terms of race and gender from one of the three chapters “Contraction,” “Hulk,” “Gumption.” (You should use a different chapter than the one you chose for Case #1). Write one paragraph based on a scene from one of the three chapters that illustrates “black abundance” in relation to gender and race. Remember to provide at least one quote from the text. Synthesis and analysis: In a paragraph, bring the scenes you chose together to explain how they illustrate your thesis. Use this paragraph to explain what “black abundance” tells us about race, class, and gender and supports your thesis about its meaning and how that meaning relates to Kiese’s identity, relationships, and experience growing up in America. While not required, it is a good idea when possible to use some of the critical texts to support your ideas here.

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