Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
A variety of classroom experiences are designed to help students access the novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963, and interact with it in meaningful ways.
Read a shared book while writing notes for use in subsequent discussion. Read an independently chosen book each night.
Gather facts on a topic, formulate questions and decide which writing genre or format to use to answer the questions.
Produce an autobiographical booklet that includes at least 15 different genres—from poems, memoirs, letters and personal narratives to maps, photographs and drawings.
Choose an issue confronting the community and use persuasive strategies and techniques to write editorials.
Discover the differences between poetry and prose using the poem "The Truth About Why I Love Potatoes" by Mekeel McBride.
Read, discuss, write and share poems that exemplify the use of line breaks in poetry.
Adapt any chapter as a script. Travel to a nearby African-American cemetery and research names of the dead. Conduct research projects on issues addressed in the novel.
Write a personal, reflective essay on civil rights and the treatment of various communities.
Thought-provoking questions are required for class, during which there are critical literature discussions, focusing on the conflict and characters’ actions in the novel.
As the class discusses Langston Hughes’ short story, "Passing," in a seminar, they react and respond to the unique perspectives on equality and oppression.
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