The Bluest Eye


Text and Background Information

The Bluest Eye Class Discussion Blog Have a comment or a question to share?  Write it here and perhaps one of your classmates or your teacher will respond to it.

Vocabulary

Related Reading and Assignments

The Bluest Eye: BANNED

Quiz and Test Preparation


Text and Background Information

The Bluest Eye Study Guide Class homework questions

The Toni Morrison Society

The Bluest Eye at The Luminarium Links to literary criticism, study questions, and commentary on The Bluest Eye

Oprah’s Book Club Page for The Bluest Eye

Why Everyone Should Read The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison explains her reaction to the word “beautiful” and why it has hurt young women.

Brooklyn College English Department – The Bluest Eye Department website with commentary and analysis

Shmoop: The Bluest Eye A snarky hipster-style analysis by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley; the facts are right, the tone is less than academic


Vocabulary

The Bluest Eye Vocabulary 1 Quizlet

The Bluest Eye Vocabulary 1 Sentence Completion Quizlet  For best results, use the “test” option and select “multiple choice”

The Bluest Eye Vocabulary 2 Quizlet

The Bluest Eye Vocabulary 2 Sentence Completion Quizlet For best results, use the “test” option and select “multiple choice”


Related Reading and Assignments

Map of American English Dialects A map of American English dialects by location

Black English Linguistics Controversy – This clip from the documentary “Do you speak American?” discusses the landmark 1979 court case (MLK Jr. Elementary school kids vs. Ann Arbor MI school board) which found that the black children in the school were being discriminated against based on their language. This decision recognized African American English or “Ebonics” as “the home language” of these children and ordered the teachers to “use knowledge of African American English (AAE) in teaching the children how to use standard English.” It was set a precedent for the 1996 Ebonics controversy in Oakland, CA.

African American English in the Classroom This clip from the documentary “Do you speak American?” demonstrates how many California schools (in the wake of the 1996 Oakland, CA Ebonics controversy) use knowledge and structure of African American Vernacular English (AAVE or Ebonics) in the classroom as a tool for teaching children (who are speakers of non-standard dialects of English, such as AAVE) how to speak and use the standard American English dialect.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “The Danger of a Single Story” TED Talk seen in class

Lupita Nyong’o’s Speech at the Essence Awards  as seen in class

The Thing About Being A Little Black Girl In the World: For Quvenzhané Wallis

Poetic Language in The Bluest Eye GOOGLE Spreadsheet Enter your poetic line(s) here to use on the found poetry assignment.


The Bluest Eye: BANNED

Alabama Legislator Bill Holtzclaw Calls On Schools To Ban Toni Morrison Book August 2013

The Bluest Eye: Banned  Since its publication, the book has consistently landed on the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books. So why teach it?

Bluest Eye Banned: Why Parents Want Toni Morrison’s Book Out of Schools


Quiz and Test Preparation

The Bluest Eye Character Identification Quizlet

The Bluest Eye Quotes Quizlet  You should be able to explain these quotes and identify their significance.  Review your study guides and class notes for other quotes we have discussed.

Bluest Eye Motifs and Symbols from Class

The Bluest Eye Symbols and Motifs Quizlet

Bluest Eye Themes from Class Discussion

Allusions in The Bluest Eye The novel’s cultural references cited and explained

Bookrags: Quotes from The Bluest Eye


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