Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor, chapters 1-4
"Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid
"Sharecropper" by Sterling Brown. This poem tells the story of a sharecropper being interrogated by his landlord to give up information about a meeting of workers who want to form a union. It is violent and harsh and may be upsetting. Don't read it if you're worried.
After listening to Brown read "Sharecropper" several times, and thinking about the symbolism of the last line, where white oak and black oak are planted together, create a piece of art that combines white oak trees and black oak trees in some way. You could show trees planted together, or you could draw their leaves or acorns. You'll need to look up the actual differences in the two trees and learn what they would look like side by side, but you can show them in any way that you want to, to express the theme of the poem.
After reading "Girl" by Jamaica Kincaid, write a piece of flash fiction of at least 300 words where a speaker gives instructions to the reader in the same stream-of-consciousness format. You can put the reader's internal responses in italics like in the Kincaid story. You can use semicolons and dashes, but no other punctuation.
This week's assignment is to write a well-organized informative essay. You'll need an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Your introduction could connect the essay topic to the novel we're reading, or you could use some other introductory strategy like imagery, an anecdote, an interesting fact, or a question. Here are the topics you can choose from. Please note that we are going to write three of these, while we read Roll of Thunder, and you can choose a different topic each week. Your essay should be three hundred words long. We're going to work hard on organization in this block, so when you turn it in, I want you to label your paragraphs in pencil or pen and say what the main topic or idea of each paragraph is. In the introduction, I want you to label it with your "hook" strategy and in the conclusion I want you to label it with your "new place" direction.
Topics:Please also fill out the easy parts of the Stickybeak Scoop Sheet for The Outsiders, so that in class on Tuesday we can work on structuring the informative essay and also the themes/motifs/symbols and discussion questions for The Outsiders.
Segregation and "Black Codes"
Plessy vs. Ferguson
Brown vs. Board of Education
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Mildred Taylor's life
For each character in the book, give a line of dialogue that shows the character's personality. The whole book is Cassie "talking" but dialogue is in quotation marks and is what the characters actually say out loud.
2. Mary (Mama).
3. David (Papa).
4. Big Ma.
6. Little Man.
7. T.J. Avery.
8. Mr. Morrison.
9. Miss Crocker
BONUS: What does it mean when Cassie says that the Wallaces burning the Berrys was something "that wavered between the known and the unknown"?