Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the story of the Logans, an African American family enduring racial prejudice in the Mississippi of the 1930s. Papa works on the railroad half the year to pay for their mortgaged land, while its former owner, Mr. Granger, wants to buy the land back, and Mama must use her wits to hold onto the property. Life is also hard for the Logan children, as black students receive used textbooks, and have to walk the long way to school. Cassie and her family find ways to retaliate, digging a trench in the road to block the white school bus, boycotting stores, and shouldering their way to self-respect. But as always, the family has to watch out for the “night men”, bigots who harass and murder African Americans with seeming impunity. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry climaxes with a raging fire, while a hanging, averted at the last minute, closes this dark beautifully crafted story for readers in the middle grades.
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Curriculum guide for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor; aligned to Common Core standards. Includes objectives, teacher notes, individual and small group activities, student handouts with suggested responses, study guide with answer key, and a test with answer key. Students read nonfiction selections to gather historical information for the setting of the novel, analyze poetry and spirituals, study plot and conflict, discover literary style, write a formal research paper, and create a newspaper with articles about major events in the novel. PDF format allows posting handouts directly to a LMS or to student devices. 10 Lesson Plans/30 Handouts
These post-reading activities for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry allow students to share their understanding of characters, plot, and settings of the novel. They have opportunities to write, draw, and perform based on what they've learned. After reading this great work of children's literature give students opportunities to share what they've discovered.
Students analyze Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry using key skills from the Common Core. Close reading of the text is required to answer text-dependent questions. Included are student pages with the text-dependent questions as well as suggested answers. Rigorously study this great work of children's literature through close reading and responding to text-dependent questions.