Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson shares her story of growing up as an African American girl in the 60’s and 70’s. Told in sections through a poetic format, a story told in verse, Woodson accounts the struggles of an unstable childhood in a time where Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement were at large. Her poetry not only shares a perspective on a piece of history, but it also reflects on how her experiences helped ignite her passion for writing and the art of expression.

Woodson, J. (2014). Brown Girl Dreaming. New York: Penguin.

Textbook Assignment #6

  • Brown Girl Dreaming is a combination of reality, history, hardship, loss, and stability told in a narrative format without too much detail that children do not yet appreciate. Because it is a story told through poetry entries, almost like a journal only depicting what is most important and relevant, readers can tune in on the author’s purpose, on her emotions, and the meaning of her words; their interest is never lost because of extreme detail. The format of this memoir is simple and concrete.

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