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“The Meanings of a Word”. Gloria Naylor. Quiz:. In three sentences , explain how Naylor’s familial use of the ‘N-word’ contrasts with its’ use in the opening anecdote. Provide examples of this familial context. Let's discuss Fish Bowl style:. I will place you in a group
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“The Meanings of a Word” Gloria Naylor
Quiz: • In three sentences, explain how Naylor’s familial use of the ‘N-word’ contrasts with its’ use in the opening anecdote. Provide examples of this familial context.
Let's discuss Fish Bowl style: • I will place you in a group • One group will discuss at a time; the other groups will be outside the “fishbowl,” listening • Group discussing: • Find as much textual evidence as you can • Be sure to include all group members: ask questions, ask for textual support, etc. • Groups outside: • Listen to the conversation • To ‘tag in’ to the conversation (when it is your turn), you must relate your discussion to something that was mentioned in the last round • Be prepared to jump in the conversation at any time!
If you were asked to divide this essay into three sections, where would you divide it? Why? What is Naylor doing in each section? How do these “sections” contribute to her thesis?
In her first two paragraphs, Naylor discusses language in the abstract. How are these paragraphs connected to her stories about the ‘n-word’? Why do you think she begins the essay this way? Is the introduction effective or not? Explain.
What is the “chicken and egg dispute” (paragraph 2)? Why does Naylor use this as an analogy to her focus?
In paragraph 15, Naylor says that although the ‘N-word’ had been used in her presence many times, she didn’t really “hear” the word until a mean little boy said it. How do you explain this contradiction/paradox?
What do the words nymphomaniac and necrophiliac connote in paragraph 3? Why does Naylor employ these words?
Explore Naylor’s use of the dash. Identify several and her purpose for employing them. What is their effect in each instance?
What diction choices contribute to the fact that Naylor knows the ‘n-word’ word, in the boy’s mouth, is a bad word?
Look back at the last two sentences of Naylor’s essay; what is the effect of the ending on this idea?
Compare the two pieces “Cripple” and “The Meanings of a Word.” What similarities do they share? In what way(s) are they different?