is a book you must acquire on your own).

Some things to think about / pay attention to as you read: Is this a zine? Is it an academic text?

Why does its category or genre matter? Or, does it?

What do you see Kanae doing in the text?

How do form and content work together–now do they speak to each other and the reader?
*Content Warning: In some early editions, there is use of the “R” word as a derogatory slur in the personal narrative portion in this text. The author has edited this usage out in later editions (the technical use of it remains).

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Part A: What is the text saying?
First, consider the text’s content.

What is this text about? From this first half, what do you see as Kanae’s point or purpose?

Is there a thesis or claim you can identify and direct quote from the text? If you can’t find a clear thesis or claim, find a direct quotation that you feel captures a main point important to Kanae’s text.
In a 6-8 sentence paragraph, summarize the first half of Sista Tongue.

What kind of text is this and what is it about?

This summary should include one direct quotation that captures Kanae’s thesis or captures at least a significant point / purpose in her argument.

This quote should be explained in your own words.

Part B: What is the text doing?
Now consider the text’s form and respond to Sista Tongue in terms of how it appears on the page–its use of drop-in quotations, quotations stylized to resemble cutouts from original texts, juxtaposition, page layout, use of personal and fragmented voice(s), etc. As you encounter these features, think about how what Kanae is saying is impacted by how the text appears.

In a 4-6 sentence paragraph, share your experience of the text’s form. What did you think when you first started reading?

How did you learn to navigate/negotiate her form?

How are you navigating / negotiating her form?

How does the form regulate pacing, and direct your reading and imbibing of her text–how you take in the text / message?

How does Sista Tongue play with form, and how did you react to, take in, understand, and experience these elements?

How has the form impacted the content–the point, message, argument–and your understanding and engagement of it?