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Tuesday, February 2, 2106

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Transcript of Tuesday, February 2, 2106

Thinking about
"The Help"
Talk with your group about the theme, or overall meaning, of the clip you watched. What's the main message?
Respond, through discussion, to the questions on your handout.
R.L.8.2 - WALT determine the theme of a text and describe how characters, setting, plot contribute to the central idea.
R.L.8.5- WALT compare and contrast the structure of two texts and analyze how the structure contributes to meaning
Whistling Past The Graveyard
Whistling Past the Graveyard
Read through this excerpt from the novel with your group members. There are places in the text where you are asked to stop and make predictions or answer questions. Discuss these with your group members and write down answers you will be willing to share with the whole group.

As you work, think about the theme of this passage. What is being taught by the author or learned by the characters?
Discussion of WPTG
Let's address some of the questions this passage raises...
Segregation in Poetry
Now, you'll read two poems-- both anonymous- about segregation. Think about the themes you see in common between the two poems, and in relation to the passage from the novel-- and even to the movie clip. What themes can you see in common? What's the evidence?

Work with your group members to read the poems and answer the guiding questions. Be prepared to share with the whole group.
Tuesday, February 2, 2106
Segregation and Social Justice
As a part of our social justice unit, today we'll take a look at some literature that explores racial segregation, especially in the South.
In the movie, "The Help," an aspiring author decides to write about how black maids in the South in the 1960's feel about their white employers. In the movie, one white employer is leading a "crusade" of sorts to create rickety outdoor bathrooms for black "help" to use so that the white employers won't have to share their toilets. In the, Minnie, her maid, reacts to this bathroom restriction.
P.s. Remember
our Greek and Latin
Roots study? Se- was
one of the prefixes that
means "away, from" and
"-gregar" is a root that means
The summer of 1963 begins like any other for nine-year-old Starla Claudelle. But when Starla's strict grandmother and guardian grounds her on the Fourth of July, Starla decides to run away from her Mississippi home and go to Nashville, to seek her mother who abandoned her. n the road, Starla finds an unlikely ally in Eula-- a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse. Through a series of unforeseen events, the black woman and the white girl band together on a path of self-discovery. As they travel, Starla's eyes are opened to the harsh realities of 1963 Southern segregation. Through her discussions with Eula, reconnection with both of her parents, and a series of surprising misadventures, Starla begins to realize that having a life with the perfect family might look drastically different from how she dreamed it would.

In the following passage, Eula, Starla, and a white infant boy who is traveling with them, are on a bus trip from Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. In order to avoid questions and possible trouble, they pretend not to know each other. Starla sits in the front of the bus and Eula and baby James, whose face is hidden, sit in the back. Starla, who is too curious for her own good, has recently learned a lesson about the ill effects of keeping secrets. Thinking that she is helping Eula, Starla pushes her to reveal the details of an incident that occurred at a carnival when Eula was a young teenager.

1)Just as the young Eula pressed Henry to sneak out to a carnival, Starla pressed Eula to speak about her past when she didn't want to. Explain how these situations are similar and different.

2) Put yourself in Eula's shoes. List out all the awful things she is forced to deal with in this passage. Consider how it would feel to be treated this way, in real life.

Starla is a nine-year-old white girl who had very little contact outside her race before she meets up with Eula. Do you think her attitude towards and understanding of segregation change during this passage? Explain using evidence from the text.

4) Starla wants to know how Eula's carnival "was ruined." Think about what a carnival is like. Could the carnival be a symbol of something else? In the book, Starla gets to go to a carnival where she meets a new friend and has a wonderful night. How is the situation with the carnival like Eula's life?
Discussing Theme in
Poetry and Prose
Let's share some of our responses to the questions on the poems. How are the themes related to WPTG? How do you know (text evidence)?
Show Me You Know
Consider the possible themes/ideas we have discussed. List one theme. Explain how it is discussed in EACH passage. How do you know that each passage is about that theme?
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Martin's Letter
(For Martin Luther King Jr.

Though sermons rolled off his tongue,
Martin could not find the words
to tell his little brown girl
why Funtown's gates were closed to her
or that the "Colored Only" sign
on the drinking fountain didn't mean
the water was a different hue.
But in a jail cell in Birmingham,
he found the words to tell the holy men
why he would not halt the marches.
He would rather fight off
police dogs and face fire hoses
than wipe his daughter's tears.
Day's Work
Every day at sunup and sundown,
she takes a crosstown bus
to work as a maid and laundress,
to wash and wax and dust.

In a uniform of gray and white,
cardboard lining worn-out shoes,
she works so hard to make ends meet,
she hasn't time for the blues.

Elbow grease from basement to bedroom,
she spends all morning on her knees
scrubbing till the whole house shines
even corners no one sees.

In her kitchen cabinet,
a jar of dollar bills.
She never went to college,
but swears her children will.
How will we learn it?
1. Analyze a movie clip, a novel excerpt and two poems to identify common themes and compare structure
2. Choose one theme and explain how it is developed in the excerpt and the two poems.
3. Develop this into a literary analysis essay focused on the excerpt and one of the two poems (this will not happen today).
How can we identify theme?
Let's quickly brainstorm some of the ways we can understand what the theme of a text is...
USE these questions to arrive at a theme for the clip.
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