Works by prominent African Canadian authors.
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Teaching the texts: autobiography as a genre
Each of the autobiographies presents opportunities in both the Language and Social Studies strands of the curriculum, and at various grade levels.
Some resources for working with autobiography:
At the centre of all four autobiographies are the authors' experiences of living with and resisting racism and discrimination. Motivating each author is the desire to document African Canadian presence in Canada, to give an account of the impact of racism on their lives, and to explore and explain the various ways in which they resisted the racism that sought to degrade and limit them. Two authors, Stanley Grizzle and Herb Carnegie, were born and raised in Toronto, the children of Jamaican immigrants. Carol Talbot, a descended of African American fugitives, grew up in Windsor, Ontario; Cheryl Foggo, descendent of African American settlers in the prairies, grew up in Calgary, and so represents and speaks of a somewhat different place and history. Rich in detail and observation, the texts raise many issues, and will be a rich resource in literacy and social studies curricula.