Native American Oral Literature

Complete all of the following assigned readings:

Native American Oral Literature:  Vol. 1 pp. 29-30

Tecumseh:

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Biography, Vol. 1 p. 484 and “Speech to the Osages,” Vol. 1 pp. 484-486 (nonfiction)

Zitkala-Sa: 

Biography, Vol. 2 pp. 652-655 and “The Soft-Hearted Sioux,” Vol. 2 pp. 660-665 (fiction)

Sherman Alexie: 

Biography, Vol. 2 pp. 1677-1678 ; “At Navajo Monument Valley Tribal School,” Vol. 2 pp. 1678-1679 (poetry); and “Pawn Shop,” Vol. 2. p. 1679 (fiction)

Harriet Jacobs:

Biography, Vol. 1 pp. 878-879 and chapters I, VII, and X from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Vol. 1 pp. 879-889 (nonfiction)

Frederick Douglass:

Biography, Vol. 1 pp. 996-1000 and “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” Vol. 1 pp. 1066-1069 (nonfiction)

Richard Wright:

Biography, Vol. 2 pp. 1058-1059 and “The Man Who Was Almost a Man,” Vol. 2 pp. 1059-1067 (fiction)

Ralph Ellison:

Biography, Vol. 2 pp. 1209-1210 and excerpt from Invisible Man, Vol. 2 pp. 1210-1220 (fiction)

 

 

 

Instructions: Identify a character from both a fiction (Zitkala-Sa, Alexie’s “Pawn Shop,” Wright, or Ellison) and a nonfiction (Tecumseh, Jacobs, or Douglass) piece that we have read this week. First,show how the character is limited in his or her role in society (excluded from the American Dream), and then explain specifically how that character pushes against boundaries imposed by society.

Criteria:

· 300 words minimum (excluding quotations and citations)

· Include two properly integrated and cited quotations one from each work)to support your claims. You may use either direct or paraphrased quotes. See the Literary Analysis Tools Modules in Weeks 1 and 2 for information about integrating and citing quotes.