Reading Quiz for "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Reading Quiz for "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Reading Quiz for "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Reading Quiz for "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Reading Quiz for "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca
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Here's a reading quiz for "Coming into Language" by Jimmy Santiago Baca.

This will work in college and high school classes. (I've taught both; students at different levels will take different things out of it.)

This quiz has 10 questions. There are two sheets provided here. One has questions AND answers (for the teacher); the other is an answer sheet with just the questions (for the students). (And you can certainly use the answer sheet as a worksheet for a class activity.)

I give this as an oral quiz to check to see who's doing the reading. I'll have the students write their answers on another piece of paper, but if you feel like having the answer sheet, it's here for you. Doing it like this, I'll review the answers immediately after, and it will usually take about 15 minutes.

Some info on the story:

"Coming into Language" is a literacy narrative about how the author really learned to read and write--while in jail and prison. It's not very long, maybe a little too long to read in one class AND have a discussion.

After the quiz, you can talk about the sensory details in the opening paragraphs, and the persuasive strategies he uses throughout the piece (such as being sympathetic and the escalation of the story), as well as the issues he raises, including but not limited to problems with the justice system and racism.

Finally, use this piece as a springboard to have your own students write the literacy narratives.
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