The purpose of this discussion is for each one of us to complete a post-reading reflection of The Lesson by Toni Cade Bamabara, and then to compare our own reflections to those of our classmates.

Part 1 – The Short Story

You can access the short story using the following link:

The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara 

Part 2 – Personal Submission

In your personal submission write a short response, answering the following prompt. Point to specific examples in the text where possible.

The Lesson, a short story by African American author Toni Bambara describes an event in the young lives of a group of inner-city children. Read the short story carefully then explain how the author uses narrative voice and characterization to provide social commentary.

Part 2 – Peer Feedback

After you’ve submitted your response, comment on at least two of your peers’ submissions, answering the guided feedback questions provided. Try your best to comment on submissions that don’t yet have any feedback.

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