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					                                African American Literature
                                Solo Presentation Guidelines:
I. Choose a novel or major work by an African-American author listed below. Read the book. Record
summaries and responses to the work in your journal. You must include at least 5 journal entries from your
solo presentation book readings in each Journal Check.
II. Write a thorough but concise summary of the work. Present your summary to the class.
III. Research the work for critical reviews: works written about the book. Compile a bibliography of at least
2 sources. Present your critical reviews summary of the work to the class.
III. Research the author of the book. Compile a brief biography of the author: background information,
family, education, other works, etc. Present your biography summary to the class. Add your sources, at
least 2, to your bibliography started above.
IV. Locate or make an appropriate visual aide for your presentation. Suggestions:
          A. videos -less than 10min
          B. audio -less than 10min
          C. drawings or poster
          D. read a section from the work
          E. guest speaker -less than 15min
          F. brief performance -less than 15min
V. You have 35 minutes for your presentation. Make a copy of your bibliography for each person in the
class. Include the title of your book and the author, and your name on the bibliography.

Brief List of African American Novels:
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Beloved - Toni Morrison
And This Too Shall Pass - E. Lynn Harris
Some Love, Some Pain, Some Time: Stories - J. California Cooper
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Disappearing Acts - Terry McMillan
Native Son - Richard Wright
Homemade Love - J. California Cooper
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Kindred - Octavia Butler
A Raisin In The Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
Sister, Sister - Eric Jerome Dickey
Friends and Lovers - Eric Jerome Dickey
Tumbling - Dianne Whetstone-Mckinney
2nd Time Around - James Earl Hardy
A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines
Flyy Girl - Omar Tyree
Blessings - Sheneska Jackson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X and Alex Haley
For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf - Ntozake Shange
Make Me Wanna Holler - Nathan McCall
Possessing the Secret of Joy - Alice Walker
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Mama Day - Gloria Naylor
One Better - Rosalyn McMillan
Your Blues Ain't like Mine - Bebe Moore Campbell
A Little Yellow Dog - Walter Mosley
The Wedding - Dorothy West
Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley
Sula - Toni Morrison
Just As I Am - E. Lynn Harris
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Invisible Life - E. Lynn Harris
Li'l Mama Rules - Sheneska Jackson
The Street - Ann Petry
Cane - Jean Toomer
Ugly Ways - Tina McElroy Ansa
A Gathering Of Old Men - Ernest Gaines
Tar Baby - Toni Morrison
The Piano Lesson - August Wilson
My Soul to Keep - Tananarive Due
The Heart Of A Woman - Maya Angelou
The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. DuBois
The Spook who sat by the Door - Sam Greenlee
The Third Life of Grange Copeland - Alice Walker
Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat
Just Above My Head - James Baldwin
Mama Black Widow - Iceberg Slim
Paradise - Toni Morrison
The Best of Simple - Langston Hughes
The Between - Tananarive Due
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
The Hand I Fan With - Tina McElroy Ansa
The Wake of the Wind - J. California Cooper
Trying to Sleep in the Bed you Made - Virginia DeBerry
Another Country - James Baldwin
Black Gold - Anita Richmond Bunkley
Go Tell It On The Mountain - James Baldwin
Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler
The Complete Short Stories of Zora Neale Hurston -Zora Neale Hurston
Baby of the Family - Tina McElroy Ansa
Bessie - Chris Albertson
Big Girls Don't Cry-Connie Briscoe
Caught Up in the Rapture - Sheneska Jackson
Knowing - Rosalyn McMillan
Magic City - Jewell Rhodes Parker
A Do Right Man - Omar Tyree
Belly Song - Etheridge Knight
Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin
I Been In Sorrow's Kitchen And Licked Out All The Pots - Susan Straight
In Search of Satisfaction - J. California Cooper
Isis Papers - Frances Cress Welshing
Jazz - Toni Morrison
Middle Pasage - Charles Johnson
Miss Ophelia - Mary Burnett Smith
Only Twice I've wished for Heaven - Dawn Turner Trice
Playing In The Dark - Toni Morrison
Sounder - William H. Armstrong
Wild Seed - Octavia Butler
B-Boy Blues - James Earl Hardy
Billy - Albert French
Divine Days - Leon Forrest
Notes on a Native Son - James Baldwin
Pimp - Iceberg Slim
Push - Sapphire
Scenes from a Sista - Lolita Files
Tempest Rising-Diane McKinney - Whetstone
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man - James Weldon Johnson
The Cottilion - John O. Killens
The Essential Etheridge Knight - Etheridge Knight
The Man Who Cried I Am - John A Williams
The Outsider - Richard Wright
What A Woman's Gotta Do - Evelyn Coleman
Jonah's Gourd Vine - Zora Neale Hurston
Dust Tracks On The Road - Zora Neale Hurston
The Ways Of White Folks - Langston Hughes
The Big Sea - Langston Hughes
Of Love And Dust - Ernest Gaines
The Chinaberry Tree - Jessie Redmon Fauset
Passing - Nella Larsen
Blacker The Berry - Wallace Thurman
Infant Of The Spring - Wallace Thurman
Corrediga - Gayl Jones
Black Boy - Richard Wright
Oxherding Tale - Charles Johnson
The Living Is Easy - Dorothy West
The School on 103rd Street - Roland S. Jefferson
Yesterday Will Make You Cry - Chester Himes
Holly - Albert French
The Chartersville Incident - David Bradley
Black Thunder - Arna Bontemps
Manchild In The Promise Land - Clarence Brown
Plum Bun - Jessie Redmon Fauset
The View From Here - Brian Keith Jackson
Black Betty - Walter Mosley
Gone Fishin' - Walter Mosley
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo - Ntozake Shange
The Wedding - Dorothy West
Touch - Charlotte Watson Sherman
An Open Weave - Devorah Major
Train Whistle Guitar - Albert Murray
When Death Comes A Stealing - Valerie Wilson Wesley
Pride - Lorene Carey
Dorothy Dandridge: A Biography - Donald Bogle
The Color Of Love - Sandra Kitt
Divided Soul: The Life And Times Of Marvin Gaye - David Ritz
You Send Me: The Life and Times of Sam Cooke - David Wolffe
Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime - J. California Cooper
Windy City Blues - Hugh Holton
The Queen Of The Blues: The Life Of Dinah Washington - James Haskins
Cold Medina - Gary Hardwick
The Between - Tananarive Due
Magic City - Jewell Rhodes Parker
Black Mama Widow - Iceberg Slim
Wishing On The Moon: The Life And Times of Billie Holiday - Donald Clarke
God's Country - Percival Everett
The Cattle Killing - John Edgar Wideman
Moses, Man Of The Mountain - Zora Neale Hurston

				
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