This class is a combination of literature
arts and social studies as we delve into the Newberry Award Winning book
“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry!” by Mildred D. Taylor. This story follows the
struggles of a farming family in Mississippi during the 1930s and the
discriminatory practices they constantly face as they are forced to make
tough choices about how to respond to injustice. This book examines the
need for a Civil Rights Movement in order to make America a land of
opportunity for all people. We’ll interweave social studies into our lessons
as we deepen our learning of the leaders and activists of the Civil Rights
Movement that challenged and overcame racial segregation and
discrimination through non-violent action throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Students will learn about life under segregation, the efforts to integrate
schools and public services, the heroism of people like Martin Luther
King, Jr., and the role of young people in the Civil Rights Movement, and
the enduring legacies of the Movement.
DISCLAIMER: Mildred D. Taylor is a Newberry Award-winning African American novelist. She is known for exploring powerful themes of family and racism faced by African Americans. Due to the historical context of this novel, please be aware that there is sometimes offensive language (including racial slurs) used in the telling of this story. We will discuss from an empathetic point of view how racial slurs were used to dehumanize people as we combine the importance of the Civil Rights Movement into our study of this deeply moving and compelling novel.
Class requirements: Please come to class with a copy of “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor.
Teacher: Erika F.
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