Reading for meaning: Ten Minutes’ Musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson

The very best short stories can capture the reader’s imagination, as well as exploring a big idea: literature should make you think! This lesson, we are going to be reading a short story called Ten Minutes’ Musing by Alice Dunbar Nelson, who was among the African American writers whose artistic talents sparked the Harlem Renaissance. Today, we will develop our skills with comprehension and reading for meaning.

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