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The Baddest Dog in Harlem- Day 4

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Jeremiah Smith

on 23 August 2013

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The Baddest Dog in Harlem- Day 4
Think of a time that you spoke out against something you thought was wrong (anywhere: in school, at home, etc.). Then, write 4-5 sentences answering the following questions:

What did you speak out against and why? Did it work (did it stop it)? Would you do it again?
Answer the following questions INDEPENDENTLY
1. Describe the conflict/tension between the police and the community in "The Baddest Dog in Harlem." Use at least three (3) specific examples from the text.

2. How would you feel if you lived in this community? Why would you feel this way?

3. How does the narrator feel about the violence in his community? How do you know?

4. At the end of the story, does the narrator speak out against the violence? Is he right or wrong? Why?

5. What do you think the author wants us to do in our own lives after reading this story? Why?
Take the next 5 minutes to PAIR and SHARE with your partner about the answers that you have from these questions. Focus on the questions that you feel most strongly about first.
Now, let's look at our
exit tickets from Monday
In these exit tickets, I have indicated whether you need to focus on making a CLAIM (a direct answer), providing EVIDENCE (details from the story), or EXPLAINING (breaking down how your evidence proves your claim).

COMMENT 1: Good start, but you need to make a claim that directly answers the questions (for example, "The community was angry and frustrated with the police because of the police brutality.")

COMMENT 2: An even stronger start, but you need to give specific examples from the story to support your claim (for example, "In the story, it said that James Powell was just playing with his friends when a police officer shot and killed him.")

COMMENT 3: A great start! Now, you need to focus on explaining how the evidence that you used proves the claim that you are trying to make (for example, "The murder of James Powell naturally made the community angry because they felt like the police officer only shot Powell because he was black.")
Finally, let's take our EXIT TICKETS!
1. The story "The Baddest Dog in Harlem" is written from which point-of-view and how do you know?

b. 1st-person because it uses words like "you" and names like "Willie."

d. 1st-person because it uses words like "I" and "we."

2. How do the police treat the community in Harlem? Use at least three pieces of direct evidence from the text top support your response.

3. CONTRAST what the narrator want to do with what he actually does at the end of the story. Was he wrong for this? Why or why not?
a. 3rd-person because it uses words like "they" and "he."
c. 2nd-person because it uses words like "you and "you all."
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