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1 “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara
Holt Literature p. 38

2 Raymond’s Run is set in Harlem during the 1970s.

3 “Raymond’s Run” – Build Background Information
Squeaky’s brother has a condition called hydrocephalus. The symptoms of this disorder include a swelling of the head caused by too much fluid collecting in the skull. Sometimes the excess fluid damages the brain. Hydrocephalus may be caused by an infection, a tumor, a major head injury, or a malformation of the brain before birth. It is fairly rare and only affects 1 out of 1000 children.

4 Allusion to Mercury Mercury was a swift messenger to the gods in Roman mythology. Mercury is a chemical element with the symbol Hg and atomic 80. It is also known as quicksilver. It is the only metal in liquid form; it is silver in color.

5 Allusion to “Dodge City”
Dodge City is town in southwestern Kansas on the Arkansas River, formerly a rowdy cow town. The expression “get out of Dodge” means to leave before trouble starts. It is an allusion to the Wild West gun fight often shown in Westerns.

6 Vocabulary relay – race in which several team members take turns running to complete the race clutch – to grasp and hold tightly prodigy-a young person with an exceptional talent liable – likely to sidekick – a close friend; a follower who accompanies someone on adventures crouch – to stoop with bent knees

7 Plot exposition- introduces the setting and the characters; reveals the conflict or set the stage for it. rising action – introduces complications in the conflict; builds suspense (‘the plot thickens”) climax – turning point in the story; the conflict at its most intense and dramatic; can also be the protagonist making a decision falling action – reveals the outcome of the story’s climax resolution – the story’s final outcome; ties up any loose ends exposition – introduces Squeaky and Raymond; establishes her as a runner rising action – the encounter on the street with Gretchen and the other girls; the race; the wait for the winner to be announced climax – Squeaky decides she doesn’t care if she wins or not; realizes Raymond can be a good runner; she sees her brother in a new light falling action – Squeaky wins the race; she plans to coach Raymond resolution – Squeaky and Gretchen smile “real smiles” at each other

8 Informal Diction the diction of everyday language relaxed and conversational use of common and simple words includes use of contractions may include colloquial expressions and idioms may include the use of slang

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