1: Caitlin DuRoss Foundations of Literacy Professor Rhodes Final Project
2: Meet the Author
3: Robert Lipsyte Robert Michael Lipsyte was born January 16, 1938, in New York, New York. He was raised by his parents Sidney I. and Fanny Lipsyte. He grew up in Rego Park, which is a neighborhood in Queens. Lipsyte’s father was a school principal, and his mother was a teacher. Robert devoted his childhood to books rather than sports. He preferred to visit the library with is father, rather than play a game of catch.
5: Lipsyte was part of the Post-Harlem Renaissance. This was a movement that focused on how black youth could be successful in a white world. He held the belief that athletics can help young people become disciplined and self-confident.
7: The story is set in Harlem during the 1960’s. Harlem is in the inner city of New York. During this time, especially, it was known for its poverty, gangs and drug abuse. Additionally, it had and still has a large African-American population. In Harlem during the 1960’s there was a lot of racial tension and the Civil Rights Movement was going on.
8: In the novel the protagonist lives with his aunt and three cousins in a tenement. A tenement is a run-down and often overcrowded apartment house. They are located mostly in large cities.
9: Examples of a tenement
10: Major Themes in the Novel: -Friendship -Peer-Pressure -Code of Ethics (right vs wrong) -The journey is more important then the destination -Perseverance -Racism -Accountability -Responsibility
11: Main Characters: Alfred Brooks James Major Henry Mr. Donatelli Aunt Pearl
12: Alfred Brooks
13: Alfred is the protagonist of the story. He is a17 year old African-American who has dropped out of school and is trying to decide what to with his life. The story focuses upon his coming of age and how he utilizes the sport of boxing to better himself. Ultimately he rises above the antagonist of the novel, which is poverty, and becomes a "champion" of his own life.
14: James: Alfred’s best friend who has also quit school and has joined forces with Major, a drug dealer.
15: Major A bully who is older than Alfred and James and tries to influence them both with gangs and drugs.
16: Henry A good friend Alfred meets through boxing. He has a positive influence on Alfred.
17: Mr. Donatelli A boxing trainer that loves his boxers and offers them wise advice about boxing and life.
18: Aunt Pearl A loving hard working woman that loves Alfred like he is her own child.
19: Symbols to look for as we read... -The Cave -The Stairway up to the Gym -Alfred's Boxing Robe
20: WHO CAN BE A CONTENDER ???
22: YOU CAN!!!!
23: The idea of The Contender is to ultimately prove that anyone can be "a contender" in their own lives. A contender is a person that is persistent, determined, and brave. It is a person who is willing to do anything and everything in order to achieve their dreams and goals. The novel is an inspirational piece of literature for all young adults to read.
25: "Its the climbing that makes the man. Getting to the top is an extra reward." | TO DREAM