Monday, October 12th, 2015


  • 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?

Learning Targets

  • 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?

Theme Questions

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?




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