The Weekly Text,11 February 2022, Black History Month 2022 Week II: A Reading and Comprehension Worksheet on Aretha Franklin

For Week II of Black History Month 2022, here is a reading on Aretha Franklin with its accompanying vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet. The Queen of Soul has been in the zeitgeist recently with the new biographical motion picture on her, Respect.

Have you seen the movie? I haven’t, but plan to. The producers assembled one hell of a cast, including the incomparable Audra McDonald as Aretha’s mother, Barbara Siggers Franklin, Forest Whitaker as her father, The Reverend C.L. Franklin, and Mary J Blige (!) as Dinah Washington. And last but certainly not least, Jennifer Hudson as Aretha herself.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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