UNIT 2 (November 3—November 24) Worksheet questions and Peer Evaluation on The
***In this Unit, students will evaluate the influence of naturalism in Black women’s fiction***
***Students will understand the issues of motherhood, and the nature of paradox in definitions
and experiences of race, gender, and patriarchy ***
***Students will develop ability to write on common themes across texts**
***Students will understand the direct consequences of social mores on both white and black
***Students will study the uses of terms like naturalism, metaphor, and patriarchy in Black
women’s fiction***

1. What does the literary term personification mean? Why is the description “cold
November wind: in Chapter 1 of The Street example of personification? Argue three
reasons why the details of the novel’s opening description of “a cold November wind”
also foreshadow the rest of the plot in the novel.

2. Who is the character of Miss Rinner in the novel and how and why is she a metaphor of
racism in The Street? Argue three reasons (with analysis of textual evidence) why you
think the character of Miss Rinner can either be read as a metaphoric representation of
the American racism, or not.
3. What ideas of Naturalism do you see in the characterization of Jones, the Super? What
values does he represent as a “naturalist character”? What does he reveal about the
novel’s world that the other male characters may not?
4. Referring to Gerda Lerner’s definition of the word patriarchy, explain what it means in
the social existence of Lutie Johnson in The Street. In addition, state and analyze three
reasons (supported with analysis of textual evidence) why you think the social order
surrounding Lutie Johnson’s life makes her a victim of patriarchy or not.

Due dates: a) Draft for peer evaluation with partner must be completed before
Monday, November 23 at 11: 59 pm. Arizona Time.

b) Final version: Tuesday, November 24 at 11: 59 pm. Arizona Time

UNIT 2 Peer Evaluation Instructions:
a) You will have a draft copy of your UNIT 2 worksheet on The Street ready for exchange
with a classmate by November 20 at 11: 59 pm. Az Time.
b) You will submit your draft to your partner, not by email, but through the appropriate
box/ folder set up for this exercise set up on D2L. Write your name on your partner’s
draft thus: Evaluated by Aretha Jackson.

c) You cannot participate in the peer evaluation exercise if you are unable to exchange a
draft of your UNIT 2 worksheet with a classmate. If you make a submission of your
worksheet and you find out your assigned partner does not have a submission for you
to review, email the teaching team immediately for y an alternative resolution.
d) Before you begin review of your partner’s worksheet, remember to go over the
instructions for the writing the worksheets above. You will read and comment on the
omissions and content development in your partner’s worksheet. Be as detailed and
thorough as you can in your evaluation.

e) The central emphasis in the evaluation of your partner’s worksheet will be the
development of content in the responses to the respective questions. For example, in
question 1, do you get a sense of a good and meaningful definition of the term
personification? Does your partner’s response include direct examples or evidence of
Chapter 1’s use of personification? And do the illustrations or examples reveal or
make any revelations about the use of personification. Ultimately, does your partner’s
response engage how the use of in a personification in the novel (literature) means in
terms of what it foreshadows the rest of the novel’s plot?
f) Question #2 requires analysis of the character of Miss Rinner, by applying the terms
and meaning of metaphor of racism to her portrait in the novel. Does your partner’s
response provide a brief definition and explanation of what metaphor is in literature?
Do you find sufficient analysis of Miss Rinner’ s character (particularly her language,
thoughts, and interactions) that justify her description as a metaphoric representation
or not of American racism
g) In question #3, The Street implies the presence of the concept of naturalism in the
construction of the novel’s plot. night (see the post on Naturalism on D2L). Your
partner’s response to this question should analyze what the concept means and how it
is relevant or appropriate in understanding the portrait of Jones, the Super.

h) To develop question #4, there must be a thorough reading and comprehension of the
term patriarchy as defined and developed in Gerda Lerner’s post on The Creation of
Patriarchy (DEFINITIONS). How would you link the underlying ideas in Lerner’s use
of the term patriarchy and the social order constructed in the novel? In addition, argue
three reasons if Lutie Johnson can, or cannot, be described as a “victim” in the
patriarchal order that governs the world of the novel.

i) The evaluation of your partner’s worksheet should be done within 24 hours. So do not
hold on to it longer than this window of time. Return your partner’s worksheet, with
your written comments as soon as you finish the evaluation. Make sure your comments
provide the constructive criticism and feedback your partner needs to improve the
content of his/her worksheet. Read the worksheet instructions again and go over your
partner’s work one more time. Make sure your partner’s draft develops the terms of the
worksheet listed in the course syllabus. And where needed, point out omissions and
other errors of grammar, usage, etc, that your partner needs to pay attention to as s/he
revises the worksheet for final submission on Tuesday, November 24 at 11: 59 pm (Az
j) Remember to submit both the draft (peer evaluation version) of your worksheet and the
final version on Tuesday, November 24 at 11:59 pm (Az

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