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Thank You Ma’am by Langston Hughes Reading Questions and Character Analysis


Have your students analyze and study the short story “Thank You Ma’am” written by Harlem Renaissance legend Langston Hughes. This lesson has a focus on methods of characterization. This includes a PDF copy of the lesson as well as a Word Document so teachers can edit the lesson.

This Lesson Includes:

  • Before reading anticipation activity
  • Academic Vocabulary graphic organizer
  • Reading Comprehension Questions
  • Definitions on characterization, direct characterization, indirect characterization, and the difference between static and dynamic characters.
  • A three part characterization analysis of the short story “Thank you Ma’am” which requires students to use textual evidence and logical inferencing skills to analyze the characters from the story.
  • After reading questions for the text “Thank you Ma’am” which focus on point of view, theme, and opinion questions based on students’ reactions to the literature.
  • Answer Keys

Standards Based Focus:

  • Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

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