"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"I am born as the south explodes, too many people too many years enslaved, then emancipated but not free, the people who look like me keep fighting and marching and getting killed so that today- February 12, 1963 and every day from this moment on, brown children like me can grow up free." (p.2)

Based upon the context clues, the word "emancipated" means not constrained or restricted by custom tradition.

"In Birmingham, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. is planning a march on washington, where John F. Kennedy is president. In Harlem, Malcolm X is standing on a soapbox talking about a revolution." (p.3)

Based upon the context clues, the word "revolution" means an overthrower.

"The south his mortal enemy. The south his Kryptonite." (p.65)

Based upon the context clues the word "Kryptonite" means any surviving fragment of the explodes mythological planet krypton.

"Her coffee is sweetened with condensed milk, her hair pulled back into a braid, her dark fingers circling her cup. If I ask, she will hold it to my lips, let me taste the bittersweet of it." (p.95)

Based upon the context clues the word "bittersweet" means (of food, drink, or flavor) sweet with a bitter aftertaste.

"Maybe they are playing the harmonica and banjo laughing and singing loud. Doing what's fun to do on a pretty Monday evening." (p.117)

Based upon the context clues, the word "harmonica" means a small musical instrument that you plow into.

"That the traffic lights change fast and my sister must hold tight to my hand as we cross to where a small man singing piragua! piragua! sells shaved ices from a white cart filled with bottles and bottles of fruit-flavored syrup colored red, purple, orange and blue." (p.184)

Based upon the context clause, the word "piragua" means a canoe made by hollowing out a tree trunk.

"And then for hours after school each day he makes potions, mixing chemicals that stink up the house, causing sparks to fly from shaved bits of iron, puffs of smoke to pop from strange-colored liquids."(p.186)

Based upon the context clues, the word "chemicals" means narcotic or mindal tering drugs or substances.

"We are fascinated by him, goggled and bent over the stove a clamped test tube protruding from his gloved hand." (p.187)

Based upon the context clues, the word "protruding" means sticking out; projecting.

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