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The Watsons Go To Birmingham

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Transcript of The Watsons Go To Birmingham

Meet the Author
Book Trailer
The Watsons Go To Birmingham

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Figurative Language:
words used to create effect or to generate emotion
Literary Elements of a Novel
Important People:
W.E.B. Du Bois
Malcolm X
Rosa Parks
Martin Luther king Jr.

Chapters 1-2
Similes: comparing two unlike things using the words "like or as"

Metaphors: comparing two unlike things without using the words "like or as"

Personification: giving human qualities to inanimate objects

External Conflict:: a conflict in which the character struggles with outside forces
Chapters 3-4
1. jabbering
2. infect
3. drowsy
4. hypnotized 5. staggered
6. frostbite
7. carp

Chapters 5-6
1. sobby
2. traitor
3. welfare
4. peon
5. torture
6. conscience

Chapters 7-8

1. conk

2. numb

3. tolerate

4. mumbling

5. scowl

6. executed

7. seniority

8. ultimate

9. dazzle

10. haphazardly

Chapters 9-10

1. jive

2. bound

3. determined

4. pace

5. snitch

6. sanitation

Chapters 11-12

1. pathetic

2. disposition

3. mugs

4. wailing

5. gnashing

6. rabies

7. wilier

Chapters 13-14

1. whirlpool

2. trespassing

3. stingy

4. dull

5. Square

6. automatically

7. electrocuted

8. nibble

Chapters 15

1. still

2. survived

3. mature

4. stunt

5. curveballs

6. eavesdropping

7. crouched
1955 - 1968
The goal of the movement was to end racial segregation and discrimination against blacks
1954 The Supreme Court declares school segregation unconstitutional in its ruling on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.


Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to move to the back of a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. A boycott follows, and the bus segregation ordinance is declared unconstitutional.

The Federal Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation on interstate trains and buses.

1957 Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus uses the National Guard to block nine black students from attending Little Rock High School. Following a court order, President Eisenhower sends in federal troops to allow the black students to enter the school.

1960 Four black college students begin sit-ins at the lunch counter of a Greensboro, North Carolina, restaurant where black patrons are not served.

1961 Freedom Rides begin from Washington, D.C., into Southern states. Student volunteers are bused in to test new laws prohibiting segregation.


President Kennedy sends federal troops to the University of Mississippi to end riots so that James Meredith, the school's first black student, can attend.

The Supreme Court rules that segregation is unconstitutional in all transportation facilities.

The Department of Defense orders complete integration of military reserve units, excluding the National Guard.


Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is killed by a sniper's bullet.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands at the March on Washington, D.C.

A church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, leaves four young black girls dead.


Congress passes the Civil Rights Act, declaring discrimination based on race illegal.

The 24th Amendment abolishes the poll tax, which originally had been established in the South after Reconstruction to make it difficult for poor blacks to vote.

Three civil rights workers, two white and one black man, disappear in Mississippi. They were found buried six weeks later.
Civil Rights Timeline: 1954-1963
Civil Rights Movement
Theme: the author's message
protagonist:main character

antagonist : the force working against main character
Character Types:
round - a character with many character traits

flat - a character with 1 or 2 characteristics

dynamic - a character that changes as the story unfolds

static - a character that doesn't change over the story

How the author develops or builds the characters

Physical description - what they look like

Behavior - how they act

What the character says

What others say about the character

Mood: the feeling the author creates for the reader
Tone: the writer's attitude toward his subject angry, sad, humorous
Setting: the time and place of the action.
Exposition: the introduction to the story usually gives you information about the setting, some of the characters and sometimes the problem

Rising Action: this part of the story develops the conflict and includes obstacles that the character must overcome

Climax: the climax happens toward the end of the story and is the turning point (usually the last BIG event)

Falling Action: the falling action occurs after the climax and usually ties up any loose ends. Not all stories will have falling action

Resolution: The end of the story when the conflict is resolved
The beginning of the novel

The middle of the novel

The end of the novel

Plot Structure
The series of events in a story
Conflict: a struggle between opposing forces
Internal Conflict: A conflict that occurs within the character
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Plot Diagram
Rising Action
Falling Action
The exposition:
introduces characters
time and place
The last big event!
Problems the characters must overcome.
Tying up the loose ends.
Solving the problem

Birmingham Bombing
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