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Materials for teaching "Cora, Unashamed" by Langston Hughes

Materials for teaching "Cora, Unashamed" by Langston Hughes
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In this download, you'll find:
* notes for the teacher
* complete text of the short story, broken into 3 parts
* reading guides for students
* 3 differentiated writing assignments
* a literary elements worksheet based on the story

Langston Hughes' short story "Cora, Unashamed" is a GREAT text for middle school and high school students because it involves controversial issues, a forbidden romance, and the untimely death of one of the characters. Brief summary if you haven't read it: a white teenager gets pregnant by her immigrant boyfriend; her mother forces her to have an abortion, which causes her death. The story revolves around the relationship between the girl and her African-American caregiver. Race, immigration, teen pregnancy, parents imposing decisions on their children -- all of these "hot button" issues are in this story.

Also, there is a film version that varies from the text -- great for contrast and discussing with students why the writer + director made the choices they did while telling this story.

Worksheets and reading guides were designed for high school students in advanced + intermediate ESL, but can be scaled up for students who need more of a challenge.
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