BGD Final Essay - Gabriel Robinson Mrs O’Neil/Language...

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Gabriel Robinson Mrs. O’Neil/Language Arts Period 5 May 17, 2017 Jacqueline Woodson’s Aspiration to be an Author Jacqueline Woodson was born to be a writer. She had much help from many other family members both close and distant. Because of the fact that Jacqueline Woodson grew up in the South, her family(mainly her sister and uncle who helped) encouraged her to write about what it was like for a brown girl to grow up in the South in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. In Jacqueline Woodson’s book, Brown Girl Dreaming, it is clear that she got a lot of encouragement from her uncle. She got her biggest support from her uncle by that when he was telling her bedtime stories, she used to make up a story about herself in a similar situation. Her uncle would applaud her in making up her stories. Proof of her uncle liking her stories can be found on page 175 of Woodson’s book, Brown Girl Dreaming in her poem “Believing.” She says, “And he likes the stories I’m making up”(Jacqueline Woodson page 175). This is important because these little moments in her life is what propelled her to write. This also showed that her uncle liked the stories that she was making up. Another example of her uncle “egging her on” is that in the same poem, “Believing,” her uncle says, “‘keep making up those stories…’”(Jacqueline Woodson page 176). This shows that her uncle likes her stories, and her
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