- Describe the relationship between the two sisters in “Everyday Use.” How are they alike? How are they different? Who do you feel more sympathetic toward?
- I can practice analyzing evidence using Say, Show, Matter.
- I can use evidence to compare and contrast characters in a text.
- I can connect my evidence analysis to the overall theme of a text.
“Everyday Use” Plot Review
Take 3 minutes to review the plot of “Everyday Use” with a partner at your table. Refer to your Springboard if necessary.
- Who is the main character? What do we know about her?
- Who are the other characters in the story?
- Where does the story take place?
- What happens at the end of the story?
Take 3 minutes to discuss possible themes of “Everyday Use” with a partner at your table. Use the following questions to help think of themes.
- Are the quilts in “Everyday Use” supposed to be used or hung up for decoration? Why?
- Where does the narrator’s cultural identity come from? Where does Dee/Wangero’s cultural identity come from? Which identity seems more authentic? Why?
- What is the relationship between family and cultural identity in the story?