Reading for Dialogue and Descriptive Details

Students will read an excerpt from Mark Mathabane's autobiography, Kaffir Boy, in order to learn about narrative elements like dialogue, descriptive details, and monologue.

By Mr. LeMaster
September 19, 2012
10th Grade English

Writing Prompt

In the excerpt “from Kaffir Boy,” Mark Mathabane tells his story of when he was first introduced to school. Analyze how Mathabane uses narrative elements like dialogue, monologue, and descriptive detail to bring his story to life.
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10th Grade English Language Arts Standards

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Procedural Texts. Students understand how to glean and use information in procedural texts and documents.


Literary Nonfiction. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the varied structural patterns and features of literary nonfiction and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to evaluate the role of syntax and diction and the effect of voice, tone, and imagery on a speech, literary essay, or other forms of literary nonfiction.

Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

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