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Transcript of The Watsons Go To Birmingham

Chapter 2
Pre Reading
Chapter 1
The Watsons Go To Birmingham
Mrs. Burke
Watsons Reading Journal

Do Now
On page 1 in your journal, copy the following sentences:
Everyone deserves to be respected.
Everyone should be treated equally regardless of his or her gender or race.
A first impression of someone shows who he or she truly is.
Prejudice is an issue that no longer exists.
It is never good to let people pressure you into acting a certain way.
People with physical handicaps should be treated differently because they’re at a disadvantage.
All people are good and should be given a second chance to prove they can change to be better.
1. Fill in the front.

2. Number the pages - front and back. BE CAREFUL!!!!

3. Create labels.
Pg 1
Pg 5
Pg. 9
Pg. 19
Pg 81
Everyone deserves to be respected.
Everyone should be treated equally regardless of his or her gender or race.
A first impression of someone shows who he or she truly is.
Prejudice is an issue that no longer exists.
It is never good to let people pressure you into acting a certain way.
People with physical handicaps should be treated differently because they’re at a disadvantage.
All people are good and should be given a second chance to prove they can change to be better.
Now, decide whether you
with each statement
The Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Reading Journal
"Ballad of Birmingham"
By Dudley Randall
Mother dear, may I go downtown
Instead of out to play,
And march the streets of Birmingham
In a Freedom March today?”

“No, baby, no, you may not go,
For the dogs are fierce and wild,
And clubs and hoses, guns and jails
Aren’t good for a little child.”

“But, mother, I won’t be alone.
Other children will go with me,
And march the streets of Birmingham
To make our country free.”

“No, baby, no, you may not go,
For I fear those guns will fire.
But you may go to church instead
And sing in the children’s choir.”
She has combed and brushed her night-dark hair, And bathed rose petal sweet,
And drawn white gloves on her small brown hands, And white shoes on her feet.

The mother smiled to know her child
Was in the sacred place,
But that smile was the last smile
To come upon her face.

For when she heard the explosion,
Her eyes grew wet and wild.
She raced through the streets of Birmingham
Calling for her child.

She clawed through bits of glass and brick,
Then lifted out a shoe.
“O, here’s the shoe my baby wore,
But, baby, where are you?”
When something unexpected happens

Dudley Randall uses irony in his "Ballad of Birmingham" by creating an unexpected event. At the beginning of the poem, the girl begs her mother to attend the marches for freedom. However, mother denies her and instructs her to attend church instead. Near the end, "the mother smiled to know her child / Was in a sacred place..." At this point, the reader believes that the young girl is safe also, until the unexpected occurs. The mother hears an explosion and scours the church grounds for her child, only to find her lone shoe. This demonstrates irony because no reader could have predicted that a church would be so dangerous.
Dudley Randall chooses to use irony in "Ballad of Birmingham" because it represents the immense violence in the city of Birmingham. The mother thought she was protecting her child by sending her daughter to "a sacred place." However, the church was bombed and the truth is that there was no escaping the violence for African Americans. Randall wanted his readers to feel shocked through the use of irony.
Chapter 1: "And You Wonder Why We Get Called The Weird Watsons" (pg.19)
Do Now
Point of
The narrator is a character in the story who can reveal only personal thoughts and feelings.
The story is told through the narrator's eyes.
The narrator is an outsider and can only tell what he/she sees.
Cannot tell the character's thoughts.
The narrator is an outsider but can see into the mind of one character.
The narrator is "god-like" and all knowing.
The narrator can see into the minds of all characters.
In The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Curtis narrates the story through the eyes of Kenny in first person. The reader learns what other characters think and feel through his personal vantage point. While he informs the reader about other characters’ thoughts and motivations, the reader must determine if he can provide a


or if he is
and represents his own personal view instead of the accurate views and thoughts of each character.

In a constructed paragraph
• Discuss how Curtis’s literary approach may create bias towards Kenny and against other characters like Byron, Buphead, and Larry Dunn in the mind of the reader.

With a partner...
Dialect: Spoken language that is different than standard language. A person's dialect may be influenced by:
the place where a person lives
his/her age
social/educational background

When Momma is particularly scared, frustrated, or angry, she uses what Kenny refers to as “Southern-style” language. Even though she has lived in the North, in Flint, for many years, when she is very emotional, she can’t help but speak in the way she did when she lived in Birmingham.

Dad imitates a Southern dialect when he makes fun of Hambone Henderson, one of Momma’s ex-boyfriends.
“Don’t believe I seen nan one colored person in the whole dang city. You a ’Bama gal, don’t believe you’d be too happy living in no igloo.”
Examples of Dialect in the Novel
What is Bias?
(Reading Section in Binder)
Bias (n. ; v.)
is showing a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
How might the news stations be biased?
How might you be biased?
(pg. 1)
In chapter one, Kenny Watson is describing the frigid weather of Flint, Michigan. Momma, who hates the cold the most, wishes she were back in Alabama. The Watsons decide to go to Aunt Cydney's house, where she has a new, working furnace. Later, Kenny and Byron are cleaning off the ice from the Brown Bomber when Byron gets his lips stuck to the car mirror kissing his own reflection. After a few attempts to remove Byron, Momma decides to rip Byron's lips off of the car. At the end of the chapter, the Weird Watsons are traveling to Aunt Cydney's house while Kenny tells his story of the "Lipless Wonder."

*An author may use dialect to make a character sound more life-like.
*Dialect is similar to an accent.
Choose ONE person (Byron, Buphead, or Larry Dunn) and write the paragraph.
Write a summary for Chapter 2 on pg. 23 of your journal. Remember, the format of the summary pages should look like this:
Chapter 2: "Give My Regards to Clark, Poindexter"
Chapter 3/4
Types of Characters in Literature
protagonist: the main character/characters in the story
antagonist: the character who causes conflict for the protagonist
round character: a character who you know a lot about
flat character: a character who you do NOT know a lot about
static character: a character who does not change throughout the story
dynamic character: a character who undergoes some sort of change
minor character: a character who is only briefly mentioned - less than a flat character
The drawing must include:
5 quotes he/she said
at least 5 traits
clothes, hair that match the novel
Do Now
Do Now
Turn to page 11 in your journal and determine the character types for the following characters:
Kenny, Byron, Joetta, Wilona, Daniel
IN PENCIL, place an "X" for each character type.
: the main character/characters in the story
: the character who causes conflict for the protagonist
round character
: a character who you know a lot about
flat character
: a character who you do NOT know a lot about
static character
: a character who does not change throughout the story
dynamic character
: a character who undergoes some sort of change
minor character
: a character who is only briefly mentioned - less than a flat character
Do Now
Choose 3 Unit 5 Vocabulary words and write a sentence about

Have your homework out for me to check!
When you're finished, you will individually write a
for the traits and appearance.
an explanation/justification on why you chose those traits/that appearance. Use EVIDENCE and DETAILS from the novel.
Do Now
On pg. 40 of your journal, create and answer two H.O.T questions - one from "recall," and one from "inference"
On pg. 41 of your journal, answer in complete sentences:
1. Explain what signing for the food really means.
2. Show what Byron likes about signing for the food.
3. Infer how Byron’s reaction to the bird’s death provides some insight into Byron’s
Chapter Four: "Froze-Up Southern Folks" (pg. 31)
TT AB-700
Chapter 8: "The Ultra-Glide"
Do Now
"Blowin' In The Wind" by Bob Dylan
"Yakety Yak" by The Coasters
"Straighten Up and Fly Right" by Nat King Cole
Listen to the song and think about how this might relate to the Civil Rights Movement and/or the photographs. Jot down some ideas while listening.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, how many times must a man look up
Before he can really see the sky?
Yes, how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

"Blowin' In The Wind" by Bob Dylan - 1967
Choose a line from the lyrics
Write a paragraph explaining how that line relates to your photograph
Watsons Mid-Novel Test
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 5-7
Chapter 8
Chapter 7
Unit 10-12 Assessment
Chapter 10: "Tangled Up in God's Beard"

Chapter 12: "That Dog Won't Hunt No More"
In chapter ten, the Watsons arrive at a rest stop in Toledo, Ohio and the boys are disgusted by the outhouses. Momma hints to Byron that the bathrooms in Alabama are similar. As the Watsons drift off to sleep, Daniel drives straight past most of Wilona's planned stops. When Kenny wakes up, they are at a rest stop in Tennessee. Kenny gets an eerie feeling while admiring the stars and the Appalachia mountains. At the end of the chapter, the Watsons continue driving toward Alabama.

Dialect refers to spoken language, which varies from standard language. A person's dialect may be influenced by the region where a person lived as a child, where he currently lives, his age, and/or social background.

Why does Curtis choose to have his characters speak in different dialects?
How does dialect influence our understanding of the characters?
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Do Now
On pg. 9 of your journal, write about your favorite character of the novel. Explain why he or she is your favorite. Then make a prediction of what will happen with that character by the end of the novel.
Chapter 12: "That Dog Won't Hunt No More"
Chapter 13: "I Meet Winnie's Evil Twin Brother, the Wool Pooh"

1. Distinguish between Grandma Sands telling the kids about a “whirlpool” and a “Wool Pooh.” What accounts for this mix-up?
2. Examine Kenny’s comment about getting in trouble in steps. How does it apply to this specific situation and to life in general?
3. Name a character who has become dynamic. Cite specific evidence that shows how he/she has changed.
Do Now
"Their hands looked like a flock of brown sparrows that were too nervous to land." (186)
"They (Kenny's hands) were acting like nervous little sparrows..." (186)

"The picture of the little white boy..." (186)

"...I knew I'd see the Wool Pooh's rope tired around her waist." (187)

"'Oooh, Kenny, whose shoe is this?'" (188)

"'...You know you waved at me from across the street...But you had on different clothes.'" (189)
What does it mean to act like sparrows? What do the sparrows symbolize?
This is the picture of Buster Brown - the shoe definitely belongs to Joetta.

Kenny thinks Joetta is dead.
Is the shoe someone else's?
Was Kenny really there?Could it have been someone who looked like Kenny that Joetta followed?
Do Now
Read about the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing in 1963 on the handout from the front table. Highlight important information about the event.
Chapter 14: "Every Bird and Bug in Birmingham Stops and Wonders"
Do Now
Do Now
Take a yellow colored pencil and color in Alabama. Then, start scouring the novel for descriptions of Birmingham.
Do Now
Journal pg. 83
"These people are the true American heroes. They are the boys and girls, the women and men who have seen that things are wrong and have not been afraid to ask, 'Why can't
we change this?' They are the people who believe that as long as one person is being treated unfairly, we all are. These are our heroes, and they still walk among us today. One of them may be sitting next to you as you read this or standing in the next room making your dinner or waiting for you to come out to play. One of them may be you."
Journal pg. 81
1. List three ways that African-Americans were discriminated against in the South.
2. Describe nonviolent resistance.
3. Describe the unrest that followed the bombing of the Sixteenth Avenue Baptist Church.
4. What landmark event in American history occurred on August 28, 1963?
In your own words, explain what a hero is in Curtis's mind. Then, explain how you can become a "hero" in your own life.
Do Now
Take the text from the stool and circle all unknown words and number the paragraphs.
Vocabulary Stations
Roll The Dice
Whiteboard Race

Do Now
Take the checklist from the stool and look over the REQUIREMENTS for writing a narrative PCR.
Do Now
Create a citation using the following information for a WEBSITE:

1. Choose your top 3-6 scenes that did or did not make the cut into the movie. If they did, how were they changed? If they didn't, why do you think they were left out?

2. How would you treat the movie adaptation? Which scenes were essential to see? Why? Which actors would you cast? (Would you change any of the current actors that were cast? Why or why not?)

3. Decide which version you liked better – movie or novel. Then, write an analysis of why you believe this version is better. If you are criticizing the movie, then write the letter to Mr. Kenny Leon informing him of his mistake. If you are criticizing the novel, write the letter to Mr. Christopher Paul Curtis explaining how the movie did a better job.

4. Find three reviews online: two that you agree with and one that you don't. Create your own review outlining the parts you agree and disagree with.

Author: James Newman and Jamie Foxfurd
Title: "How Cell Phones Are Causing Bad Grammar"
Website: The New York Times
Publisher: The New York Times
Published Date: April 22, 2014
Date Accessed: May 5, 2015

Use your notes to help you!
Poetry Project
4 annotated poems
your 3 original poems
poet research paragraph
works cited
Author: Debra Mackin and Cynthia Green
Surviving Middle School
Pages: 6-8
Publisher: Pearson
Published Date: 2007
City of Publication: New York
Medium of Publication: Print

Create a citation using the following information for a BOOK:
Do Now
Create a citation using the following information WITHOUT YOUR NOTES
Author: Jade Allen
Title: "10 Ways to Survive Middle School"
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Date of Pub.: Nov 7, 2014
Date Accessed: Dec., 7, 2015
Medium: Web.
Author: Jerome Shostak
Title: Vocabulary Workshop
Date of Pub.: 2013
Publisher: William H. Sadlier, Inc.
Pages: 1-30
City: New York
Medium: Print
Get into your writing groups from yesterday.

Have on your desk: purple writing packet, warm and cool feedback blue paper, and all brainstorming papers.
Using a HOOK in your Introduction
1. Choose your top 3-6 scenes that did not make the cut into the movie. Then, explain why you think they were left out.

3. Decide which version you liked better – movie or novel. Then, write an analysis of why you believe this version is better. If you are criticizing the movie, then write the letter to Mr. Kenny Leon informing him of his mistake. If you are criticizing the novel, write the letter to Mr. Christopher Paul Curtis explaining how the movie did a better job.

4. Find three reviews online: two that you agree with and one that you don't. Create your own review outlining the parts you agree and disagree with.

Which HOOKS work best for each writing prompt?
surprising fact
unexpected anecdote
description of a scene
a dilemma
a question
Bringing Your Conclusion Full-Circle
Do not be repetitive - rewriting what you already wrote in the introduction is boring!
Author: David Welch
Title of website:
World War Two
Title of page: “German Propaganda”
Medium of Publication: Web
Publication: British Broadcasting System
Publication Date: January 8, 2001
Date of information access: June 8, 2005

Do Now
Create a citation for the following source information:
Do Now
Summary: In chapter three, the new student from Arkansas, Rufus, tries to befriend Kenny and talks about shooting and eating squirrels. Kenny does not mind secretly playing with Rufus, because he plays much more fairly than L.J. Jones who once stole all of Kenny’s dinosaurs. When Kenny laughs while other kids are making fun of Rufus’s clothes, Rufus is hurt and stops playing with Kenny. At the end of the chapter, Mrs. Watson then helps Kenny mend fences, and he and Rufus become friends again.
Chapter Three: "The World's Greatest Dinosaur War Ever" (0g. 27)
Copy the definitions on page 9 of your journal.
Create three questions about Chapter Three. The questions should range in difficult - really try to challenge your classmates.
Then, we will trade journals and you will answer the questions from your peers.
Daniel Watson is a jokester and enjoys making others laugh. At many points in the novel, he teases his family with friendly jokes. In Chapter 1, when Byron gets his lips stuck to the car mirror, Daniel couldn't help himself from laughing at Byron and cracking jokes. For example, he states, "'Well, lover boy, I guess this means no one can call you Hot Lips..." The narrator also described that Daniel couldn't control his laughter while Byron was stuck to the mirror. This shows that he is a jokester because in a stressful situation, he didn't get upset or worried. Instead, he teased his son and made his family laugh.
Character Rationale
Mrs. Burke
Today's Tasks
Making Inferences With The Text
Do Now
Chapter 6: "Swedish Cremes and Welfare Cheese"
When Byron realizes that he can get food without paying, he gets Swedish Crème cookies from the store.

Momma tells Kenny and Byron to just sign for their groceries at the store, and Byron thinks that the family is on welfare.

He digs a hole and makes a grave for the dead bird.

Even though Momma tells the boys that they have eaten welfare food before, signing for the food just means that Mr. Watson is going to pay for the food all at once.

Byron becomes visibly upset and cries when he kills a bird by hitting it with a thrown cookie.
Use these sentences to write a Ch. 6 summary:
On journal page 39, write 3 entries in your double-entry journal.
Think: Why would Curtis choose this song?
Do Now
1. Describe what is occurring in the South during this time period.
2. Discuss why Momma and Daddy think that it will be good for Byron to spend some time in Alabama.
3. Show why Joetta is not completely pleased with the angel that Mrs. Davidson gives her.
4. Explain why Mr. and Mrs. Watson have Byron sleep in their room the night before their trip.
5. Tell how Byron plans to make his family “pay” on the drive to Alabama.

Chapter 9 Questions
Do Now
Study your vocabulary words. Your Unit 10-12 Assessment will begin in ten minutes.
Do Now
1. Carefully cut out the map from the front table and glue it to page 7 of your journal.
2. Then, gather the following colored pencils:
1. Explain why the Watsons do not like the music on the radio in the South.
2. Contrast the family’s actual trip with the one that Momma had planned.
3. Describe Grandma Sands.
4. Explain what Kenny expects to occur between Byron and Grandma Sands.
5. Tell who Momma is surprised to meet in Birmingham.
6. Describe how Byron actually acts around Grandma Sands.
Chapter Eleven Questions
pg. 61-62
Chapter Thirteen Questions

In chapter 12, the Watson children must adjust to the heat of Alabama. As Wilona and Grandma Sands catch up on the local gossip, Mr. Robert, Grandma Sands’s boyfriend, tells Daniel, Byron, and Kenny about the time that his coon dog battled a raccoon. At the end of the chapter, Kenny gets some rest to prepare for their fishing trip the next day.
Answer the following questions for Chapter Fourteen on journal pg. 73-74.
1. Where does Joetta go with the neighbors?
2. Describe what happens while Joetta is at church.
3. Describe what Kenny sees when he walks to the church.
4. Analyze what Joetta thinks happened at the church.
5. Assess what may have actually occurred. Use clues in the text to help you.
In chapter 14, Kenny decides to get some rest while Joetta goes to Sunday School. While Joetta attends church, Kenny hears a loud boom coming from that direction. When the Watson family hears that the church was bombed, Momma, Daddy, and Byron run off in search of Joetta. Without anyone knowing, Kenny also walks to the bombing site, where he picks up a shoe like Joetta’s and sees numerous people who are dead or suffering from injuries. Kenny then wanders back to Grandma Sands’s house, where Joetta has also returned. By the end of the chapter, Joetta is insisting that she does not know about the bomb, and that she walked outside during Sunday School and followed Kenny away from the church.
pg. 72
Chapter Fifteen Questions
1. Tell what caused the bombing at the church.
2. Summarize why the family calls the area under the sofa the World-Famous Watson Pet Hospital.
3. Contrast how cats and dogs respond to being in the Pet Hospital.
4. Explain how Byron demonstrates his newfound maturity when dealing with Kenny.
5. Explain Byron’s comment to Kenny, “it was a part of you that took Joey outta that church.” (202)
6. How do Mr. and Mrs. Watson demonstrate their trust in Byron to do the right thing for Kenny?
Do Now: Answer the following questions on journal pg 77
End of Novel Project
You've gone and done it haven't you
Byron had gotten a conk! A process! A do!
Byron and Dad had disappeared into the bathroom
Dad started whistling that stupid song

Dad came down the steps first
"I'd like to introduce you to your long lost son"
By's head was so shiny it looked like it was wet
Poor Byron
Found Poem - Chapter 7
Today's Tasks:
1. Complete and hand in your project.
2. Review for Vocabulary Test tomorrow
a. flashcards
b. Quizlet
c. Crossword puzzle
d. Review worksheet
Do Now
Take the worksheet from the front table and answer #s 11-16.
bigotry -
the actions or beliefs of a bigot, who is a person who has strong and unreasonable dislike for a certain group of people.
boycott -
to join with others in refusing to deal with a person, organization or country.
civil rights -
laws relating to the people/citizens of a country
Civil Rights Movement -
the national effort made by African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s to gain equal rights.
desegregation -
the use of law to end the practice of separating people based on different races in public places.
disparity -
lack of similarity or equality, a great difference.
equality -
the state of being equal
inequality -
the state of being unequal
integration -
combining several things or people into one whole; including people of all races
racist -
one who thinks that a particular race is better than any or all others
segregation -
keeping groups of people in the sam society apart.
Read poem.
Then, annotate the poem to determine its meaning.
define unknown words.
label figurative language
analyze word choice
determine author's feelings about the topic
Do Now
Both texts ("Imagine This Was Your School" and "Barbara Johns Reaches For The Moon") characterize Barbara as courageous. How do the writers each develop this idea?

*Use at least TWO Unit 10 vocabulary words.
Found Poem
Choose either "Imagine This Was Your School" or "The Brave Boys of Greensboro" and highlight key words or phrases that stand out to you.
Then, on a separate piece of paper, copy those phrases. Try to piece them together to make a poem.
The poem should relate to the topic of the text in some way.
An ordinary afternoon in north Pakistan
rugged mountains and sweeping green valleys
thick forests, and mighty rivers
two bearded gunmen appeared
"Who is Malala?"

One bullet pierced her head
A bright and generous teenager
an innocent girl on the way home from school
Her voice: A powerful weapon
"Who is Malala?"

A crusader for girls' right to go to school
Her crusade empowered other girls
Gave hope to thousands
It seemed that everyone knew her name
"Who is Malala?"

I am a student
I am living my life
I am going to school
I am learning
I am Malala!
I Am Malala
Found Poem Adapted from "Malala The Powerful"
by __________________________
In "Imagine This Was Your School,"Teri Kanefield develops the idea that Barbara Johns is courageous in several ways. First, Kanefield describes what Johns was up against, such as the constant threat of violence for black Americans in the South. Next, the author describes the confidence Johns showed when she stepped onto her school’s stage to rally students to her cause. Finally, Kanefield describes the price that Johns and her family paid. Johns had to leave town after receiving a threat, and her family had to leave town after their home was burned down and no one would help them. In spite of everything, Johns Kanefield explains, "Barbara's act of courage helped fuel a movement that would change everything." Johns is an essential
who knew when it was time to stand up to make a change for civil rights.

In the poem, "Barbara Johns Reaches For The Moon," Irene Latham develops the idea that Johns is courageous through words such as “determination” and “inspiration.” The line “despite danger, despite trepidation” shows that standing up for integration had risky
, yet Johns held firm. Even though protesting during this time was dangerous, Johns knew this was the only way to create change. Johns took the
and "without hesitation," encourages her peers to join in and protest.

To conclude, both Kanefield and Latham demonstrate admiration for Barbara Johns in their texts. They both portray her as a hero who helped change the rights for African Americans and changed our nation our
1. Write what you think the text might mean...
--What information does the text tell us about the plot?
--What kind of characterization does the line give us?
--What might happen in a setting like this?
--Is this line maybe related to the theme? How?
--What kind of conflict would a line like this be describing
2. Write a response to someone else’s graffiti thoughts.
3. Draw a representation of what you think the line might be talking about.
4. Make a personal connection to the line. What does it remind you of that you know about in your life or in the world.
5. Explain what the line makes you wonder about the story.
6. Write a prediction about the story the line makes you have.

Text Graffiti
1. In chapters 1 & 2, how does the author use the phrase, "Ready, aim, fire!"?
a. to describe an uncomfortable situation with Dad
b. to describe the end of Byron
c. to describe Momma's anger
d. all of the above
2. Which of the following best describes how Kenny's feelings changed from the beginning to the end of Chapter 2?
a. confident to hopeful
b. different to optimistic
c. victimized to distinctive
d. positive to unique
3. The title of the chapter is "Give My Regards to Clark, Poindexter." What is the main theme of this chapter?
a. Not everyone is good at schoolwork.
b. Children show their love in different ways.
c.Friendship is sometimes complicated.
d. School is not an easy place to navigate.
Do Now
Choose one question from the blue box and one question from the green box and answer them on pg. 24 of your journal
It's Teacher Appreciation Day - be kind to your teachers! :-)
Chapter Three Questions
(pg. 28-29)
Chapter 4 Questions

1. How did Byron convince Joetta to wear all of her winter clothes?

2. How did Kenny figure out that Larry Dunn had stolen his gloves? Be specific.

3. What is a super Maytag wash?

Read chapter 4, "Froze-Up Southern Folks" together as a class.
Write a chapter summary on journal pg. 31.
Answer any four questions from the question sheet on journal pages 32-33. Be sure to restate and answer in complete sentences!
*4 tickets will be given if you can use two Unit 12 vocabulary words in your answers!
Period 9/10: Today's Tasks
Read Chapter 4, "Froze-Up Southern Folks" together as a class. *I will be asking you tomorrow:
"Did you read?"
Write a chapter summary on journal pg. 31.
Answer any four questions from the question sheet up front on journal pages 32-33. Be sure to restate and answer in complete sentences!
*4 tickets will be given if you can use two Unit 12 vocabulary words in your answers! I will check this tomorrow.
Anything not finished in class is homework!
In chapter four, Kenny explains how his mother overdresses all of her children for winter because she is from Alabama and is afraid of the cold weather. To stop Joey’s complaints about wearing so many layers of clothes, Byron tricks her and tells her that garbage trucks drive around each night picking up the frozen bodies of people who did not dress warmly enough. Later, Kenny recalls the time when Larry Dunn stole one of his leather gloves and Byron got it back for him. At the end of the chapter, Kenny shares that he feels sorry for Larry Dunn while Byron is beating him up.
(Major assessment)
*You may need to add appropriate transitions.
Character Rationale
Please log into Google Classroom.
Did you read Chapter Eight?
Chapter questions
Point of View
Character Types
Figurative Language
1960s songs
Study for your test today!
"That’s going to be the way of the world for you kids. Byron is getting old enough to have to understand that his time for playing is running out fast, he’s got to realize the world doesn’t have a lot of jokes waiting for him. He’s got to be ready." (pg. 123)
Write a Chapter 8 summary on journal pg. 47.
Then, choose two questions and answer them on journal pg. 48-49.
When you're finished, staple your answer sheet on top of your test and hand it in.
Chapter 9: "The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963"
Did You Read Chapter 10?
1. Describe what the Ohio rest stops were like.
2. Why were Byron and Kenny fighting over who has to hold Joetta's head when she sleeps?
3. What did Kenny find in Joey's shoe?
4. Describe the Appalachia Mountains.
5. What did Dad say was like tickling God's beard?
According to Kenny in Chapter 15, where are there magical powers? Explain what he means on journal pg. 81.
Take some time to review your Unit 9 vocabulary book pages (110-117). Every page should be completed. If you're missing something, please complete it now.

Life in the South in the 1960s
There was a great disparity between whites and blacks in the southern U.S. during the 1960s:

Highlight important or descriptive lines from the text that stand out to you.
Piece the lines together to form a poem.
This does not need to rhyme.
You're allowed to repeat a line.
You CANNOT change any of the lines.
The poem should present one of the main ideas of the text.
Found Poem
Birmingham, Alabama
Copy 5 details directly from the text.
One of America's racially discriminated and segregrated cities during the 1960s.
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church - a meeting place for many civil rights protests.
September 15, 1963, 10:22 am - the church was bombed killing four young girls.
Birmingham, Alabama
How does Dudley Randall use irony in the poem "Ballad of Birmingham"? Why does he choose to write the poem this way?
Do Now
Reading Literature
Answering Multiple Choice Questions
Read the entire question.
Cross out the ABSOLUTE worst answer.
Rank the remaining answers until you determine the BEST answer.
“Signs” from an author to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of literature.
: word choice
: the attitude or feelings of an author

dictionary definition
of a word
the emotional/cultural definition of a word
On journal page 19, write a summary of chapter one.
One - Pager
Title and author
Question along with written answer
3 quotes/lines from the novel
5 power words
Analyzing Diction
Take the passage from the front table. Cross out the boring words/phrases and replace them with words that have a stronger connotative meaning. Make at least 10 revisions.
There may not always be a signpost in every text. However, a close reader will notice these while they are reading.
Chapter One: "And You Wonder Why We Get Called The Weird Watsons"
In Chapter 1 when Joey calls Byron a "narcissy" (pg. 15). This is a reference to the myth, "Echo and Narcissus."
is a type of folk literature. Myths were very common in the past and they were mainly told for entertainment. Further, many myths were created to help
explain certain phenomenons in the world. Myths are often deemed fictional, but at one point, several people considered them to be true.

After reading the myth, "Echo and Narcissus," on journal page 21, answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. What is the theme of "Echo and Narcissus"?
2. Where does the term "echo" come from?
3. What does it mean if someone is called a narcissist?
4. Infer why Kenny and Joey would be comparing Byron to Narcissus.
Chapter Two Questions (journal page 25)
Find proof to support that Kenny is an intelligent kid.
Identify and explain a signpost used in Chapter Two.

Chapter Three Questions (journal page 29)
Why might Kenny be hesitant to be friends with Rufus? Explain.
Identify and explain a signpost used in Chapter Three.
Summary Writing
Select the details needed to complete a summary.
Cross out details that are not necessary.
Quiz Friday!
April 20th
Take the "Using Dialogue in Writing" handout. Read the rules for writing dialogue. Then, edit the 6 sentences
in red pen
Do Now
Respond to the quote on Google Classroom
Jane Goodall once declared, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Goodall is basically saying that our every day actions can either have a positive influence or a negative impact. In honor of Earth Day, I will make an effort to pick up any trash I see. Imagine the impact we could all make if we committed ourselves to helping our Earth. From now on, I will not just ignore the trash blowing down the street, tangled in the trees, and clogging up the woods. Through my efforts, I will be able to make at least part of this Earth a cleaner place. After all, it should always be our goal to leave this place better than when we found it.
Do Now
Take the Chapter 1-5 questions from the front table and answer each question. Remember, use the following technique to help you tricky multiple choice questions:

the entire question and underline key words.
- Cross
the worst answers.
the remaining answers.
the answer that makes the
1. What are the main effects of the flashback in Chapter 1?

I. It introduces aspects of the setting.
II. It reveals Byron and Kenny’s relationship.
III. It introduces a new character.
IV. It reveals that the narrator is easily intimidated.

Ⓐ. I and II
Ⓑ. I, II, and III
Ⓒ. II and III
Ⓓ. II, III, and IV

doesn't "introduce" the setting. We already knew about the setting before the flashback.
Chapter 6:
Paragraph one
: Give background information on Byron Watson and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. State your stance on the diagnosis.
Paragraph two
: Give ONE symptom that Byron does/does not show from NPD. Explain how Byron shows/does not show the symptom with EVIDENCE from the novel. Be sure to explain how your evidence.
Paragraph three
: Give ANOTHER symptom that Byron does/does not show from NPD. Explain how Byron shows/ does not show the symptom with EVIDENCE from the novel. Be sure to explain how your evidence.
Paragraph four
: Recap the main points of your essay. Conclude with how your diagnosis is correct and will benefit Byron.
Do Now
Look over the NPD Essay Rubric.
Explain the scene in the novel as if it were real life. Here are a few examples of how to integrate your evidence:
For example, when Mr. Watson got into a fight with another boy, his brother described, "..."
When Mr. Watson was helping his brother clean off the car, he became distracted with his own reflection and stated, "..."
Citing Evidence in the N.P.D. Essay
Do Now
1. Check over your answers for vocabulary book page 133-134. After checking, place your book in a neat pile on the table next to my desk.

2. Then, log onto Google Classroom and answer the question that is posted.
Make all corrections in red pen.
Rotate papers at each station.
Be kind when offering criticism.
Be kind when ACCEPTING criticism.
Editing & Revising
Writer's Reflection
1. Look over the changes/suggestions from your peers.
2. List three major revisions you're going to make tomorrow. Be specific!

3. What is the strongest part of your paper? Why? Use the rubric to help you.
Do Now
Go to Google Classroom and revise your draft. When you're finished, score yourself honestly on the rubric and hand it into the inbox. Then, click "Turn In" in the top right corner.
After the quiz...
Do Now
First, cut out the summaries for Chapters Four and Five. Then, select the details that you would include in a summary. Then, place those details in chronological order.
be with you!
Complete the metaphor worksheet from up front.
What's on the test?!
Google Study Chat, Tuesday at 7:00pm
On journal page 45, choose two questions (one above and one below) and answer them in complete sentences.
Chapter Seven Questions
Summary Writing
Work on the synonyms and antonyms for Unit 11 vocabulary.
In chapter nine, there was a __________ signpost. This occurs when ___________. (Then, answer the question that goes along with the signpost.)
Do Now
In chapter nine, Daniel is talking about the trip to Birmingham with Kenny and explains,
In your reading section, explain what Daniel is talking about. What specifically does Byron need to be "ready" for?
Chapter 11: "Bobo Brazil Meets the Sheik"
Do Now
Get into groups of three-four and begin brainstorming for our Unit 11 Rap Battle. Your rap must: include at least eight words, have a rhyming pattern, and make sense!
Houston Harris (July 10, 1924
January 20, 1998) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name
Bobo Brazil.
Edward George Farhat (June 9, 1924-January 18, 2003) was an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name "The Sheik."
What might be a more contemporary comparison to describe these two meeting?
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