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Thank You, Ma’am by Langston Hughes is a short story about the lessons learned in a chance encounter between a young man who wants a pair of blue suede shoes and the woman whose purse he plans to steal in order to buy them. What does the woman see in him that others might not?
Download a copy of the story from the column on the right.
Show the video adaptation before reading the story to help students comprehend the text or after reading to discuss how they envisioned the story versus the decisions made by the director and actors.
You can access the video directly on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/UMrBMTglPxc
The texts below can be used to help students gain background information on the short story and to help them connect the story to their own interests and the world around them.