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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Unit Plan
Transcript of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Unit Plan
by Mildred D. Taylor
TODAY, YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT...
1. America in the 1930s
2. Jim Crow Laws
4. The Ku Klux Klan
The Logan Family
Cassie Logan (review after reading Ch. 1)
What is her role in this story?
How old is she?
What do we know/ think about her so far?
Little Man (Clayton Chester Logan)
p. 28: What does Mama say about Little Man?
p. 13, 2nd paragraph. What does this description of Little Man tell us about him?
p. 23: How does Little Man act on the first day of school?
Papa (David Logan)
Mama (Mary Logan)
Big Ma (Caroline Logan)
p. 5: How does Cassie describe Christopher-John?
p. 6: Who was Harlan Granger and how is he involved in this story?
p. 7: Why does Papa insist on working so hard away from home on the railroad?
p. 8: What does T.J. say about Mama?
p. 10: Why do you think Cassie doesn't like T.J.?
p. 13: How do the other characters speak to him?
Think of three adjectives that you think might describe a character like T.J.
p. 4: How does Cassie describe her older brother?
What kind of relationship do you think they might have?
p. 29: What does her reaction to Miss Cocker's report tell us about her character?
p. 7: How old is Big Ma and what does she do in the Logan household?
p. 7: What do we know about Uncle Hammer so far?
Why is he involved in this story?
Lillian Jean Simms
p. 34-35: How is this character described?
p. 37: How is his voice described? Considering the title, what might this foreshadow?
On page 30, Daisy accuses Mama of "biting the hand that feeds [her]".
What does she mean by this statement?
How is the title referenced on these pages?
What is the
of the book at these places in the story?
What effect does this create?
The white students go to Jefferson Davis School. Who was Jefferson Davis and why might this name be important in this novel?
*The leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War
*Served as President of the Confederate States of America after the Southern states seceded from the Union
p. 49: What is your first impression of this character?
How is he different from the other white characters in this book?
Why is it important that Jeremy Simms never rides the bus?
How is his speech different from other characters'?
p. 51: What is Stacey's plan?
How do you feel about the Logan children's decision to do this?
What are the risks? What are the benefits?
If you were in their situation, would you have done this? Explain.
The title of the book is
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
. Look at pages 37, 46, and 62.
p. 60: In your opinion, WHO is "riding tonight"?
How do you know? Be specific!
What were you thinking as you read about TJ cheating and then blaming it on Stacey?
Each group will be given a different scenario. Together, decide what the best decision would be based on our society's ethics. Then, write a script and prepare to act it out in front of your classmates.
*Every skit should be at least 12 lines.
*Every skit should show your audience an example of the right thing to do in a troublesome situation.
*Be prepared to perform these skits tomorrow.
RW and Melvin Simms
What are your first impressions of these characters? What are Melvin's first words (84)?
How do they seem different from their brother, Jeremy?
Look on page 87. In your opinion, what life lesson was Mr. Morrison trying to teach Cassie and her siblings?
In Chapter 4, we learn more about Mr. Granger and Cassie's family history.
Look at Big Ma's story on pages 90-93. With a partner, discuss what their ownership of the land might symbolize to Cassie's mother and grandmother.
Consider how owning their land is different from sharecropping.
1. Where does Mama take her children after Stacey reveals that they went to the Wallace store? Why?
Why do you think Mama didn't whip them?
Why do you think Mama took her children to meet Mr. Berry?
Look at pages 99-100. What is Mr. Turner describing that is happening to him and other sharecroppers that makes it impossible for him to go to a different grocery store?
On page 101, Mr. Turner says, "'When I was a little boy, I got burnt real bad. It healed over but I ain't ever forgot the pain of it... It's an awful way to die."
Why do you think Taylor decided to add this dialogue?
Have you ever disagreed with something a parent or grandparent has said or done? Did you tell them or not? Explain.
"Perspective" is another word for "point of view." In literature, perspective is very important to a story.
First-person point of view is in use when a character narrates the story with I-me-my-mine in his or her speech.
Second-person point of view, in which the author uses you and your, is rare; authors seldom speak directly to the reader.
the reader enters only one character's mind, either throughout the entire work or in a specific section
the thoughts of every character are open to the reader
Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action
How does our narrator (a 9-year-old black girl) affect how we see and understand the plot of this story?
From which perspective is
Roll of Thunder
Look at the last paragraph on page 110. In this paragraph, where do we see Cassie's perspective taking over during the narration?
What does this tell us about how to read the story from here on out?
What do you think about how she treated Cassie?
Why did she do it?
Have you ever been treated in this way?
Write the following questions down. You should be able to answer them after the video.
What is the definition of bullying?
How is bullying different from conflict?
What can happen is bullying is not stopped?
What is "bullycide?"
How can YOU help?
In Roll of Thunder, think of some examples of bullying.
Is Lillian Jean Simms a bully?
At the end of this chapter, Cassie says, "No day in all my life had ever been as cruel as this one" (116).
If you were Cassie, how might this day have changed your life?
In chapter six, the author introduces Uncle Hammer. Reread pages 119 – 124, looking for clues that define
Uncle Hammer’s personality. Complete Uncle Hammer’s Personality Chart, supplying passages that define him. Be sure to include the page numbers. Then identify the traits that each passage demonstrates.
Be prepared to tell your classmates the reasons for your answers. We have completed the first one for you.
Watch Flyboys (2006) scene: "They Won't Mind if I'm Black"
Uncle Hammer talks about fighting in the war a few times throughout this chapter. To which war is he referring?
What, specifically, does he say? Try to find the two places where he mentions the war. What do you think he means?
1. What did Stacey do with the coat Uncle Hammer gave him?
2. What does Jeremy Simms bring to Stacey for Christmas?
3. What does Mr. Jamison offer to do for the families that don't want to shop at the Wallace store?
a person who advocated for the immediate emancipation of all slaves and the end of racial discrimination and segregation
a Northerner in the South after the American Civil War usually seeking private gain under the reconstruction governments
Do you think Papa is right about Jeremy Simms?
Re-read pages 157-158.
What kind of person is Mr. Jamison?
Look at page 163. Why, according to Mr. Jamison, does Harlan Granger want to buy the Logans' land?
Mr. Granger says, "Wouldn't have lost this section if it hadn't been stolen by your Yankee carpetbaggers after the war. But y'all keep playing Santa Claus and I'm gonna get it back-- real easy. I want you to know that I plan to do whatever I need to, to keep peace down in here" (169).
What does he mean by this?
Now that we have heard from Harlan Granger, come up with three adjectives you might use to describe this character.
In pairs, discuss what you think will happen next in this story based upon what Harlan Granger says.
Pick a recorder and write one sentence with your prediction. You should provide three reasons for your prediction.
Example: We think Mr. Granger will _________ because _____, ____________, and ________.
What do you think about what Cassie did to Lillian Jean? Was she justified? Explain.
"Then I turned and left the forest, not wanting to believe that Lillian Jean didn't even realize it had all been just a game" (181).
What other things does Lillian Jean not realize?
In chapter 8, we learn that TJ has betrayed Stacey's friendship. Have you ever been betrayed by someone you thought you could trust? Have you ever betrayed someone? Explain.
A group of prisoners chained together and forced to do work.
Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
Example: p. 184
"As the thunder rumbled overhead, Mama peered out the window at the dark road. 'Wonder what's keeping them,' she said, more to herself than anyone else" (209).
What is significant about this passage?
1-2. What happened to Papa (2 answers)?
3. Who do they suspect did this?
How did you feel when Uncle Hammer came back to visit? Were you afraid of what would happen or excited that he would protect the Logans?
How did you feel when he left? Did you feel relieved? Or do you agree with Big Ma and wish he would have stayed?
Why do you think Mr. Morrison wasn't afraid of Kaleb Wallace?
If you were Cassie or one of her siblings, how would you have felt when he picked up the car?
Do you think the Simms brothers genuinely like TJ?
Why do you think they bought him a new suit?
Are they really going to buy him the pearl-handled pistol? Why/ why not?
This pistol could have a symbolic meaning in the story, just like the thunderstorms. What might this gun symbolize? Think deep!
Roll of thunder
hear my cry
Over the water
bye and bye
Ole man comin'
down the line
Whip in hand to
beat me down
But I ain't
gonna let him
Turn me 'round
Please summarize what happened to TJ when he went to Barnetts' store with the Simms brothers.
Mrs. Barnett claims she saw three black boys break into her home and try to kill her and her husband.
Why is this important?
A "coming-of-age" experience is one in which a person transitions from childhood to adulthood. Have you had an experience that makes you feel older or more mature? Explain.
Do you think it was right for Papa to start the fire?
What could have happened if they hadn't put it out in time?
Brainstorm three alternatives to Papa's decision and their possible outcomes.
A theme in literature is like a moral of the story.
To find the theme, one must look at a subject in the story and an opinion attached to it.
In small groups, talk about the following subjects in this story. Attach an opinion to each subject according to how it was represented in the story.
Example: Family... should always stick together.
Make Your Predictions:
What do you think will happen in this book, based upon the content in the book trailer?
In your journals, write 3-5 complete sentences about your predictions. Make sure to provide reasoning.
A set expression or a phrase with two or more words that shouldn't be taken literally. Idioms vary in different cultures and countries.
Other example: "It's raining cats and dogs!"
How the words make the reader feel
How did that trailer make you feel? Write some notes.
Moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior.
In other words, it's how we decide what is right and wrong based upon where we live and what society tells us.
Perspective Writing Assignment
As we have discussed, the events in a story are dependent on who is telling that story. Pick an event from
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,
and rewrite a scene from the first-person perspective of another character in the book. Imagine what someone besides Cassie Logan may have seen, thought, heard, etc.
We see bias everywhere!
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How do these titles show bias?
I, me, my, we, us, etc. (like Cassie)
all characters' thoughts, feelings
one character's thoughts, feelings
NO thoughts or feelings; just description of what's happening in a disconnected way.
Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
"I went to the store and bought eggs, but I was really worried about the expiration date."
"Maggie sat in her room. She was very quiet, thinking about Sam. She worried she would never see her handsome friend again."
"Sam and Tyler put on their boots and walked towards the creek. They opened the screen door, letting it slam in the frame. Tyler's mother's shrill voice vibrated the house as they walked away.
In order to be an effective speaker, you must practice daily. Spend your time saying tongue twisters at the dinner table.
Olivia and Mary looked at one another in disbelief. Thoughts of childhood raced through both of their heads; what if they had known they were sisters?