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Transcript of Imani All Mine

Imani All Mine
By Connie Porter
Plot Map
Return With The Elixir
The Ordinary World
The Call To Adventure
Refusal Of The Call
Meeting With The Mentor
Crossing The Threshold
Tests Allies & Enemies
Approach
The Ordeal
The Resurrection
The Road Back
The Reward
Tasha Dawson, a fourteen-year-old African American girl lives with her single mother Earlene in a ghetto in Buffalo, New York. They deal with the struggles of poverty, danger, and racism on a daily basis.

Tasha is raped by Derrick Givens
at Skat-A-Rama and gets pregnant with a baby girl whom she names Imani at the age of fourteen.
Tasha refuses to acknowledge her rape,
and hides her pregnancy from her mother until she finds out at the last minute.

Tasha goes to Eboni's to church and starts to have faith in God.
Tasha baptizes Imani, which is new for her because she is not very religious.
Imani is shot and killed due to gang violence in the neighborhood. However the bullets were not intended for Tasha's house; they were actually meant for June Bug; the drug selling son of her mother's friend.
Tasha finds out that she is pregnant with her second child.
Tasha tries to deal with Imani’s death
by turning towards her faith.


Connie Porter
Connie Porter is an African American woman that writes children's books and young adult books. She was the third youngest of nine children. She earned degrees from SUNY Albany and Louisiana State University. After, she taught English and writing at Milton Academy, Emerson College, and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Published Books:
All-Bright Court (1991)
Meet Addy: an American Girl (1993)
Addy Learns a Lesson: A school story (1993)
Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story (1993)
Happy Birthday Addy! A springtime story (1994)
Addy Saves the Day: A summer story (1994)
Changes for Addy: A winter story (1994)
Imani All Mine (1999)
High Hopes for Addy (1999)
Addy’s Little Brother (2000)
Addy’s Wedding Quilt (2001)
Addy Studies Freedom (2002)
Addy’s Summer Place (2003)

Interesting Information: Connie Porter is the co-author of many of the American Girl books (Addy is the first African American to be in the American Girl Collection)
BRIEF SUMMARY

Imani All Mine is a coming of age story about a young African American girl's journey through an unplanned pregnancy. Tasha Dawson is 15 years old and lives in a ghetto in Buffalo, New York. Tasha and her mother struggle to live in their world of poverty, racism, and gang related violence. We take a journey through Tasha’s hardships, including the birth of her baby, her high school courier, the relationships she makes throughout the book, and her home life. Throughout Imani All Mine, we meet many characters that shape Tasha views and actions. Essentially, Tasha discovers through her humor and wit, that despite all of her obstacles, there are hidden joys in life.

Characters
Tasha
Eboni
Mama
Imani
Peanut
Miss Lovey
Miss Odetta
"Him"
Physical Description:
"Her fingers shaped like mine, wide and flat.(1)"
"My stomach say it. It was stretched wide, spread out around my body. I know I looked ugly. (8)"
Connections:
Daughter of Earlene, doesn't know who her father is, she is raped by "him" (Derrick Givens), best friend is Eboni, she is with Peanut
Role she plays:
Tasha is the protagonist, Tasha narrates the story
Direct characterization:
"As fat as I am. As black as I am. As much as my body look like it ain't never supposed to be loved by no boy. (49)
"Tasha a smart girl. Get all A's. (22)"
Indirect characterization:
"I couldn't say nothing.(57)"- Tasha couldn't say anything about how she was raped. this shows that she is ashamed about it.
"After she let out a good burp, I laid Imani out on the floor and finished up the routine. I changed.. (15)" This shows that she is responsible.




Tasha is tested when she constantly sees "him" in school because no one really knows that she was raped, so she must deal with her fears by herself.
Ms. Lovey tells Tasha that she knows about the rape and encourages her to not feel so ashamed and tell her mother so she can get help.
Tasha is tested after Imani's death because she must continue her life without her.
Physical description:
"My friend Eboni going to have a baby. She barely seven months, but she look like she about ready to deliver. (4)"
Connections:
Tasha's best friend, she gives her advice all the time, daughter of Ms. Lovey
Direct:
"I done gained seventy-five pounds.(38)"
Indirect:
"Eboni promised she wouldn't tell nobody, but she say I had to tell Mama. (5-6)"- Eboni is a reliable friend that Tasha can count on.
"She say Eboni probably give me the idea to get pregnant from in the first place, because she ain't nothing but a stinking little ho. (17)"- Mama characterizes Eboni as somebody Tasha shouldn't associate with even though she is a good friend to Tasha

Description
:
"Her skin so dark and smooth. She be looking young when she smile (23)."
Connection
:
Tasha's mother, Imani's grandmother, dating Mitch
Role she plays:
Mama gives Tasha tough love and is not afraid to speak her mind.
Direct:
"If I had money to pay the goddamn bill in the first place, we wouldn't have to boot leg (3)." - This shows that they are poor.
"...Tasha, I can't even read (139)."
Indirect:
"Mama say , Tasha, shut up and go to sleep (128)." - this shows that she is tough on Tasha
"Even with mama lying next to me, it's like I be by myself (173)." - This shows that Mama is loving because she tries to comfort Tasha

Dear The Massachusetts Department of Elementary,

We believe that as 10th grade honors English students, Connie Porter’s Imani
All Mine should not be taken off the 10th grade ELA curriculum. Imani All Mine is not only a suspenseful piece of literature, but also a great example of the 10th grade literature theme, “Coming of Age”. Tasha, the main character, who has the misfortune of an unplanned pregnancy at the young age of 15, has to grow up fast and take care of her new baby, Imani. Throughout this book we watch Tasha do something no child should, give up there childhood. The 10th grade reader gets a good idea of what an unplanned pregnancy can do to a teen, mentally and physically. Making this book a warning to all young people reading it.
Imani All Mine also teaches the benefits of education. Many of us take this our education for granted, but as you see the lack of resources, in and out of school, Tasha has, you realize how fortunate you really are. Since Tasha is in 10th grade and our age, we get a better perspective on her life, than if we were reading this book when we’re older. Although this book as mature content and is focused on a difficult subject, we believe that 10th graders are mature enough to read it.
Again we believe that 10th grade students will benefit from Connie Porter’s Imani All Mine. This piece of literature fits perfectly into the 10th ELA them “Coming of age”. We hope you consider our opinion. Thank you for your time.

Dear The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,

We believe that as 10th grade honors English students, Connie Porter’s Imani
All Mine should not be taken off the 10th grade ELA curriculum. Imani All Mine is not only a suspenseful piece of literature, but also a great example of the 10th grade literature theme, “Coming of Age”. Tasha, the main character, who has the misfortune of an unplanned pregnancy at the young age of 15, has to grow up fast and take care of her new baby, Imani. Throughout this book we watch Tasha do something no child should, give up there childhood. The 10th grade reader gets a good idea of what an unplanned pregnancy can do to a teen, mentally and physically. Making this book a warning to all young people reading it.
Imani All Mine also teaches the benefits of education. Many of us take this our education for granted, but as you see the lack of resources, in and out of school that Tasha has, you realize how fortunate you really are. Since Tasha is in 10th grade and our age, we get a better perspective on her life, than if we were reading this book when we’re older. Although this book has mature content and is focused on a difficult subject, we believe that 10th graders are mature enough to read it.
Again we believe that 10th grade students will benefit from Connie Porter’s Imani All Mine. This piece of literature fits perfectly into the 10th ELA them “Coming of age”. We hope you consider our opinion. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
The 10th grade Honors English Class
Physical description:
"All slouched down. (80)"- she has bad posture
Connections:
June Bug's mother, Mama's neighbor and best friend
Role she plays:
The gossip girl, we find out all the gossip through her.
Direct characterization:
"Drinking and smoking and her feet up...(94)"
"I can't say shes a drunk or nothing. But Miss. Odetta like to drink and then be coming here, talking some trash to me and Mama. (81)"
Indirect characterization:
"...making work for me before I even walked in the door. (94)"- This shows that she is rude and disrespectful.
"That night Miss. Odetta come running to our house...(125)"- This shows that Miss. Odetta is crazy and paranoid.


Physical description:
"He was big. Bigger than me and he had good hair(49)."
Connections:
Derrick rapes Tasha.
Role he plays:
He is like the extra weight on Tasha's shoulder throughout the book.
Direct characterization:
"His mouth taste real nasty... (51)"
Indirect characterization:
"And he steady pushing me down harder. (51)"- shows that he is forceful
"He say he had a knife. (43)"- shows that he is dangerous
Derrick Givens
Physical description:
"He say because he was born so little (26)." "He got a head shaped just like a big old peanut (24)."
Connections:
Peanut is Tasha's boyfriend.
Role he plays
: Peanut plays the role of being a boyfriend. He gets Tasha pregnant at the end of the book.
Direct Characterization
: "He say he be home by hisself most of the time (29)." "Peanut say he going to college on a basketball scholarship (29)."
Indirect Characterization:
" I called Peanut and he picked up on the first ring and he come to me all in the dark of the night (144)." This shows that Peanut cares for Tasha.
"He ain't got to do homework really, he say (30)." This shows that he doesn't really care about school because the thinks he is going to the NBA.

Physical description
: "Imani even look like me. I know she do, got my nose on her face, and my lips, my hands. Her fingers shaped just like mine, wide and flat (1)."
Connections
: Imani is the daughter of Tasha and the Granddaughter of Mama.
Role she plays
: Imani is one of the main characters. She makes Tasha grow up.
Direct Characterization
: "Imani a good baby (2)."
"She so smart, she learned get routine quick (4)."
Indirect Characterization
: "She grabbed hold of me real tight (69)." This shows Imani loves her mother.
"My greedy baby seen them crackers and wanted them (156)." This shows that Imani is just like every other baby.
Physical description: "Imani even look like me. I know she do, got my nose on her face, and my lips, my hands. Her fingers shaped just like mine, wide and flat (1)."
Connections: Imani is the daughter of Tasha and the Granddaughter of Mama.
Role she plays: Imani is one of the main characters. She makes Tasha grow up.
Direct Characterization: "Imani a good baby (2)." "She so smart, she learned ger routine quick (4)."
Indirect Characterization: "She grabbed hold of me real tight (69)." This shows Imani loves her mother. "My greedy baby seen them crackers and wanted them (156)." This shows that Imani is just like every other baby.
Connection:
Eboni's mother
Role she plays:
Acts as a motherly figure towards Tasha and Imani
Direct:
"Miss Lovey a good cook (38)."
Indirect:
"Miss Lovey reached over with her other hand and started rubbing my back (57)." - this shows that she is caring and acts like a mother towards Tasha.
"She right off to the side of the preacher standing up with her body jerking like there's something in it." - This shows that Miss Lovey believes in God.
Tasha uses her faith to deal with the death of one child and the coming of another.
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