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Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry

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Andrea Crawford

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by; Andrea Crawford Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. Mildred Taylor Mildred Taylor was born in Jackson Mississippi on September 13, 1993. Her father moved her and her family up North so she could have a wider variety of options. Growing up Mildred would visit her family in the south and hear stories about the Taylor land and the struggle her family went through to keep it.
Mildred’s education was in newly integrated schools. She went to Scott High School and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1961. Right after Mildred graduated she joined the Peace Corps and lived in Ethiopia for 2 years. When Mildred moved back she worked with a university to strengthen black studies.
Mildred’s writing was based on stories she had heard growing up. Her father and grandmother’s stories were Mildred’s inspiration. Her series about the Logan family where based on stories Mildred heard about her family land as a young girl. Many of Mildred’s books have won awards like the Jason Award, Boston Globe, Horn Book Award, the James Adam Book Award, the Credda Scott King Award, and the Christopher Award. These are for her many books. Mildred has written award winning novels that have effected people in their lives. Civil Rights Era Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman was an famous activist during the American Civil War. Born in 1820, Harriet was many things, an abolonist, humanitarian, and Union Spy. Harriet is a famous underground railroad leader. Harriet saved 300 slaves in a ten year span alone. Tubman was a born slave. she was fearless and was always ready to help someone else. As a teen Harriet stood up for a fellow house hand which cause their overseer to throw a two pound weight tat Tubman's head, this resulted in Harriet to have spells where she would fall into deep sleeps.
in `1894, Harriet and other plantation slaves were to be sold. she decided she would run away to avoid further more slavery. with the he;p from a friendly white woman Harriet got to Pennsylvania. later she moved to Philadelphia to find work and save up some money so she could go help her sister and her sister's children escape. after a year Harriet saved her sister and her sister's children. she took two more trips back to free her brother, two men, and other slaves wanting freedom.
harriet divised many successful story plot In 1948 the Executive Order was signed this stated "it is hereby declared to be the policy or the president that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in armed services without regard to race, color, or national origin." In May 17, 1954 the Supreme Court decides on the well- known case "Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, Kansas." The Supreme Court's ruling agreed that segregation in public schools unconstitutional.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American woman refused to leave her seat in front of the bus for a white man. Mrs. Parks is arrested for her actions but her influence effected many African Americans. There were many boycotts refusing to take public transportation. the boycotts were lead by Martin Luther King Jr. These boycotts were successful, they caused the FICC to ban segregation on public trains an buses.
A new era begins in Civil Rights. A group of African Americans with become fed up with segregation and form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Conference was formed in 1957 and founded by, Martin Luther King Jr. , C. K. Steele, and Fred Shuttlesworth. The SCLC was based on nonviolence and civil disobedience. Dialect Dialect is a particular form of a language that is peculiar to a specific region or social group.
1.‘Oh, I’ll do, I reckon, How’s Miz Fannie” - Big Ma
2.“ Oh, no’m, Ain’t hear nothin’ ‘bout yo’ husband, ma’am.” – Mr. Avery
3.“You been mopin’ ‘round here for the past week like you got the whoopin’ cough, flu, and measles all put together.” – Big Ma

They use this kind of dialect is used for the time period and location the book takes place in, down south in the early 1900s. This shows there accent and helps authenticate the story and show how they actually spoke during that time. Story Plot Definition SETTING: the time and place the story takes.
CHARACTERS: the people who take part in the story.
RISING ACTION: the events leading to the climax.
CLIMAX: the main event in the story.
RESOLUTION: how the characters resolve the problem. Chapter Summarys Cassie, Stacey, Christopher John, and Little Man are on their way to the first day of school. Stacey is unexcited about being in Mamma’s class and Casey is unhappy about being in dress clothes other than being in her normal clothes and being barefoot. Then a bus of white kids on their way to school covers Little Man with dust while taunting him. As the children get to school they are excited to be given new books , but that emotion is wiped away as the open the books to see they have been worn out by white children and the book referred to them as nigra. This took Casey and Little Man by surprise so they refused the books . they were punished with whippings. When Mama hears the news she agrees with Miss. Crocker that Casey and Little Man should have obeyed but does not like the front pages of the book just like her children. As a result Mama pastes the top of the book so her class does not see the offensive pages. chapter 1. Chapter 2.Cassie’s Papa returns home from the railroads for the weekend. This lifts everyone’s sprits. Papa brings a man home with him, Mr. Morrison. He was to work on their land and his pay would be free shelter and food. The children believed he was there to protect them from the men who cause the burnings. The next day John Henry Berry is declared dead from being burned by the white men. After church Papa warns his children not to go to the Wallace store or they would be “worn out”. chapter 2 chapter3. The children grow angry with the white bus ‘s torment. Stacey comes up with a plan to end the buses torment. At lunch break the children sneak to the road with shovels. Stacey told his sibling about his plan to dig a ditch where the bus would pass so it would crash and the white children would have to walk everyday to school like them. At first Cassie and her siblings were unsure if they should help Stacey fearing the white people’s wrath. But the pick up their shovel and dig the ditch with their brother. They dig the moat as the rain begins to fall they head back to school. As they walk to school they see the hole has gotten deeper with the rain. Then they see the bus coming they run in the moat and wait. The bus crashes. The children and bus driver get out in the mud and rain to try to push it out. Later that night the night men pull up to the house by accident but this frightens Cassie, Little Man, Stacey, and Christopher John. chapter 4. In this chapter the children’s nerves are settled when Stacey’s friend, TJ tells them that the white men were not looking for people involved with the bus. TJ shows Stacey a cheat sheet he has for Mama’s test. Stacey become infuriated with TJ for planning on cheating, he grabs TJ’s cheat sheet and rips it up. Later that day the children ask 2 seventh graders where Stacey is. The 7th graders tell them that TJ had gone in the woods to make another cheat sheet for the test and when Stacey found out he demanded TJ to give the sheet to him so he wouldn’t get in trouble. But before Stacey can rip up the new set of answers Mama grabs them. She whips Stacey in front of the class. TJ did not take responsibility for his cheats either. Then they see Stacey storm up he asks his friends where TJ had gone to. When they say the Wallace store Stacey hesitates. As he walks off Cassie, Little man, and Christopher John run after him. Stacey can’t get his sibling to go away he decides that they would come with him. when he gets to the Wallace store things get out of control. Stacey began to beat up Tj until Mr. Morrison showed up and took them home. Mr. Morrison said he would not tell Mama but they would. Perspective the state of one's ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is told in Cassie Logan's perspective. this perspective helps us see how African Americans become affected physically and mentally by segregation. Her perspective on her life changes after she realizes the white people are unloving to her friends and family. That they do not respect them. She sees prejudice that she hasn't seen before and takes away part of childhood causing her to grow up.
POINT OF VEIW first person:
is when the story is told by the main character or one of the main characters. it shows their emotions and thoughts that the narrator can not express.
third person:
it this point of view the Narrator describes whats happens from a outside point of view. but it does describe the characters emotions throughout the story.
Objective Point of View:
in objective point of view the narrator is a detached outside point of view. it does not show the character's emotion.
Omniscient and Limited Omniscient Points of View:
A narrator that is all knowing, has all details on the characters, omniscient. Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry is told in first person by Cassie Logan. i believe that it is told by this Point of View to show her point of view as a young African American who just found out why her family is treated so terribly and has just begun to see the outside world. Figurative Language Personification:
A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object.

The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something.

Comparing a noun or phrase to another noun or phrase using like or as personification:
ex:"our own tormenter'. this is what Cassie uses to describe the white children's bus. metaphor:
ex: Aw shoot boy, you're a story simile:
ex:The sweat popping off his skin like oil on water Conflict Man vs. man: main character encounters struggle with another character.
Man vs. nature: main character encounters struggle with a force of nature.
Man vs. self: main character encounters struggle with deciding what to do or think.
Man vs. society: main character encounters struggle with the laws or beliefs of a group. In this story the entire Logan family goes through the man vs. society. It falls under this conflict because they are battling the most of the white population everyday. They become challenged with their reputation just because of their race. Characters protagonist: the character or characters that fight the problem.
antagonist: the character or characters that cause the problem for protagonist.
flat character: a literary character whose personality can be defined by one or two traits and does not change in the course of the story
round character: a complex literary character with fully developed and dynamic traits.
dynamic character: in literature or drama, a character who undergoes a permanent change in outlook or character during the story.
static character: a literary character who remains basically unchanged throughout a work protagonist: the Logan family antagonist: the white society flat character: Jeremy & Lilian Jean round character: Cassie, TJ, Little Man, Stacey & Mr. Morrison dynamic character: Cassie static character: Jeremy Foreshadowing Be a warning or indication of (a future event). examples 1. when Papa said not to go near the Wallace Store because the people there cause trouble.
2. when TJ tells them that he would do anything for the pearl gun.
THIS FORESHADOWS THTA TJ AND THAT GUN WILL COME BACK LATER AND IN BAD CIRCUMSTANCES. Flashback A sudden and disturbing vivid memory of an event in the past Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry uses a flashback during the Christmas when Mr. Morrison tells the Logans how his family was murdered. he flashes back into the vivid and painful memory. the purpose of this flashback is to show Mr. Morison's past with prejudice white people. racism & prejudice Racism The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race examples 1. at the store in Strawberry when the owner would not serve them until all the white people were served first 2. when Lillian Jean told Cassie to apologize for touching her with her nasty hands. Prejudice Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience. examples 1. the way the white children act around the Logan children and other African American people just because it was the way their parents acted. 2. how Lillian Jean demanded to be called MIZ just because she was white and Cassie was African American. Racism Prejudice is based on a race or appearance. is based on beliefs that have not been experienced just "passed on." both change beliefs in a person just by appearance Imagery The author uses imagery to help the reader imagine and feel what the characters in the story feel. it describes sights, smells, taste, and feelings so vividly that you can practically see, smell, taste, and feel them. Examples the rain feel upon him in sharp needled darts. the dust swelled up in rolls of billowing clouds behind us. chapter 5. Tj and Stacey are friends again. both Cassie and them go to Strawberry with Big Ma. while Big Ma is in a meeting TJ convinces them to go to the store with him. Tj got there when only a few people where present but yet he was the last of everybody who came in to be served. as Tj admired a pearl handled gun Cassie became infuriated with Mr. Barnett and scream at him about how he should treat them better. Mr. Barnett become msd and embarrassed so he tells Stacey to take her out and not to come back "until her mamay teach her what she is'. on the way out of they store Cassie doesn't see Lillian Jean and accidentally runs into her. Lillian Jean demands Cassie to kneel on the street and apologize to her as Miz. Lillian Jean. when Cassie refuses to apologize Mr. Simms throws Cassie in the street and demands she apologize when Big Ma comes and sees what is happening she becomes afraid and tells Cassie to apologize. Cassie became humiliated and ran to the wagon. Chapter 6. When the children got home they saw an an expensive car and thought it was Harlan Granger's but when they walk in the house they knew it was Uncle Hammer's. The children realize that it was already time for his winter visit. after Cassie tells her uncle about Mr. Sims and Strawberry he becomes angry and grabs his shotgun and leaves his house. Mamma and Big Ma send Mr. Morrison to keep Uncle Hammer from doing something he would regret. when the children wake up they find uncle Hammer and Mr. Morrison talking like they had been up all night. as they got ready Uncle Hammer noticed Stacey jacket and how old and torn it was so Uncle Hammer gave Stacey his Christmas present early with happened to be a big and warm jacket. Uncle Hammer offered to bring them to church. Once T.J. sees Stacey's jacket he began to tease him. After church they all go for a ride in Uncle Hammer's car. when they are getting on the bridge and the Wallaces stop to let them go first because they beleive they are Mr. Granger but as they realize they aren't Mr. Granger and become shocked. chapter 7 . After all the teasing Stacey finally cracks and gives T.J his jacket. Uncle Hammer becomes infuriated and tells him to let T.J. have it and if he couldn't tell a good jacket when he sees one he shouldn't have it. Papa returns home from the railroad this lifts everyone's spirits. The entire family, including Mr. Morrison to tell stories. Later that night Mr. Morrison tells the family of his last Christmas with his family. it was the late 1800s White men had come to Mr. Morrison's house and killed his family as they fought them off. Mr. Morrison was lucky enough to have his mother throw him far away from the house. the children become scared but Papa makes them listen because he wants them to know their history. They then sent the Logan children to bed. But Cassie listens to the grown ups conversation. Hearing the plans for the boycott but she becomes afraid because the boycott may cause something to happen to the land she loved dearly. chapter 8. it is Christmas Morning and the chilren Characters Cassie Cassie is a young African American girl who has just begun to see the cruel world and how prejudice. This is a huge emotional change for her. Her innocence and naivete' has been taken away. This character is "all about'' fairness and her family. Little Man Stacey T.J. Christopher- John. Big Ma Mama Papa Mr. Morrison Jeremy “As we passed one of the counters, I spied Mr. Barnett wrapping an order of pork chops for a white girl. Adults were one thing; I could almost understand that. They ruled things and there was nothing that could be done about them. But some kid who was no bigger than me was something else again. Little Man is a peculiar & neat young boy who has not yet fully discovered the outside world. Like Cassie he does not believe it is right to be treated the way him and his are treated in the story. Yet he is still niaeve and unknowing of how his life will become more and more difficult. "Why do they do it Big Ma? Why do they get us all dirty." Is the eldest of 4 children. He is a very noble boy who refuses to break a set of honor rules. He sees the best in people. when comes to his family's safety he will do anything to protect him just like his father. Stacey believes that he should be the man of the house while his father is working so he is very upset when Papa brings home Mr. Morrison. Quotes “There are ... things ... that if I’d let be, they’d eat away at me and destroy me in the end...there are things you can’t back down on, things you gotta take a stand on. But it’s up to you to decide what them things are. You have to demand respect in this world, ain’t nobody just gonna hand it to you. How you carry yourself, what you stand for-that’s how you gain respect. But, little one, ain’t nobody’s respect worth more than your own.” 1. 2. “You see that fig tree over yonder?... Them other trees all around . . . that oak and walnut, they’re a lot bigger and they take up more room and give so much shade they almost overshadow that little ole fig. But that fig tree’s got roots that run deep, and it belongs in that yard as much as that oak and walnut. It keeps on blooming, bearing good fruit year after year, knowing all the time it’ll never get as big as them other trees. Just keeps on growing and doing what it gotta do. It don’t give up. It give up, it’ll die. .. There’s a lesson to be learned from that little tree...cause we’re like it. We keep doing what we gotta, and we don’t give up. We can’t.” 3. “So now, even though seventy years have passed since slavery, most white people still think of us as they did back then-that we’re not as good as they are-and people like Mr. Simms hold on to that belief harder than some other folks because they have little else to hold on to. For him to believe that he is better than we are makes him think that he’s important simply because he’s white.” Cultural View Point Symbols The Logan Land I believe the land symbolizes the Logan's freedom and pride. their land is all the have it is their everything and it becomes in stake in the story. this causes the Logans to do everything in their power to save it. A thing that represents or stands for something else, esp. a material object representing something abstract. The Text Books Pearl Handled Gun This shows T.J.'s greed and how it get him and others in major trouble and causes him to change in a major way. The gun leads not only T.J. but others into trouble. The text books represent who the white people treat the African Americans. How they believe they deserve better and give their scraps to them. It shows how prejudice the white people were in that time period and the way they showed the African Americans how they were not speacial. Mama is a fighter she wants to do anything in her power to keep her family from feeling the wrath of the white people. She does not believe in segregation and is trying to make a stand. T.J. is a young man who is not does not yet see what is wrong with the way people treat him. he is the kind of person who only cares for himself and he is reckless. he is greedy and unpredictable and cause many others pain. Christopher- John is a problem solver. He usually does not pay much attention to other people mostly he spends almost all his time with family. Big Ma is the eldest in the whole family. She is wise but doesn't agree with angering the White people. she believes that as long as they have to live together they shouldn't get them mad or angry. ‘Now all the boys I got is my baby boys, your papa and your Uncle Hammer, and this they place as much as it is mine. They blood’s in this land, and here that Harlan Granger always talkin’ ‘bout buyin’ it....He don’t know nothin’ ‘bout me or this land, he think I’m gonna sell!” “So now, even though seventy years have passed since slavery, most white people still think of us as they did back then-that we’re not as good as they are-and people like Mr. Simms hold on to that belief harder than some other folks because they have little else to hold on to. For him to believe that he is better than we are makes him think that he’s important simply because he’s white.” Papa is a strong man who works hard to keep his family and land safe. he always thinks of his family first like any good father. Like his wife he doesn't believe that segregation in right. . “We Logans don’t have much to do with the white folks... “Cause white folks mean trouble. You see blacks hanging ‘round with whites, they’re headed for trouble. Maybe one day whites and blacks can be real friends, but right now the country ain’t built that way. Now you could be right ‘bout Jeremy making a much finer friend that T.J. ever will be. The trouble is, down here in Mississippi, it costs too much to find out...” Mr. Morrison is an strong, big, scarey man. He is new to the family but they already love each other. He had a sad and heart- breaking childhood. He found a home with the Logans and will do anything for them. “During slavery there was some farms that mated folks like animals to produce more slaves. Breeding slaves brought a lot of money for them slave owners, ‘specially after the government said they couldn’t bring no more slaves from Africa, and they produced all kinds of slaves to sell on the block. And folks with enough money, white men and even free black men, could buy ‘zactly what they wanted. My folks was bred for strength like they folks and they grand folks ‘fore ‘em. Didn’t matter none what they thought ‘bout the idea. Didn’t nobody care.” Jeremy was a young white kid who belonged to a very racist family. But he did not understand why they were so quick to judge on the African American people. Jeremy kept trying to be come on of the children's friends and at the end they became really close. "But i like you guys." Problems & Solutions 1. Problem: The children on the bus keep tormenting the children on the way to school. Solution: Stacey, Cassie, Christopher- John, and Little Man all dig a ditch that crashes the bus. 2. Problem: The Wallace Store would treat the African Americans poorly. Solution: Most of the African Americans boycott the Wallace Store and go to the Barnett Store in Strawberry but when that turns out badly they go to a store in Vicksburg. 3. Problem: The night men come to T.J.'s house and plan to kill him. Solution: Papa set the crops on fire to distract the night men Education, Then and Now Education has changed greatly since the 1930's. Technology has played a huge part in the jurassic change.Today schools run on computers, the internet, and electronic devices. Even our grades are all stored on computers. In 1930's and were lucky to be given 1 book.
Today's students see education as a right not the privilege that it is. School in the 1930's was considered a luxury only given to few. Schools back in the early 1900s were small and low staffed. Today there are many teacher in a school, some are for only one subject. these teacher can often by unappreciated in today's world.
Also the curricular is very different. In the 1930s they only had a few basic classes like reading. writing, and history. We have the chance to be taught English, Science, Math, & Social Studies in today's school. 4. WEBSITES http://www.bcps.org/offices/lis/models/rollofthunder/ 1. 2. 3. http://www.gradesaver.com/author/mildred-taylor/ http://www.civilrights.org/resources/ Videos Civil Rights History Book Trailer. Poem Color would define
This the modo of that time
The darker the skin
The worse it would get
It seemed no one cared
And for this the became scared
They fought hard and long
But yet they could not belong I chose this because i believed this showed how they were treated during the Civil Rights. Vocabulary
meticulously:Showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.

penchant:A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.

verandah:A roofed platform along the outside of a house, level with the ground floor.

morosely:in a morose manner

dubious: Hesitating or doubting Not to be relied upon; suspect

obnoxious: Extremely unpleasant

raucous: Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise

fallow:(of farmland) Plowed and harrowed but left unsown for a period in order to restore its fertility as part of a crop rotation or to avoid

exasperation : aggravation: an exasperated feeling of annoyance

despondent: In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.

boycott:Withdraw from commercial or social relations with (a country, organization, or person) as a punishment or protest.

compassion:Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others chapter 9. T.J. is becoming closer with the Simms brothers. Also the Wallaces threaten that they will not loose anymore of their business. The store boycott has caused many of the white people to threaten the participating African Americans their land and homes. But Papa and Mamma belive they should still shop in Vicksburg. But when Papa, Stacey, and Mr. Morrison go on their annual trip to Vicksburg the get ambushed. Papa gets shot and his leg broke by the Wallace brothers. And Mr. Morrison breaks one of their backs. Stacey blames himself for papa's injuries. Due to his injuries Papa cant work to pay off the debt on their land. chapter 10 Mr. Morrison is threatened by the Wallaces that they will get revenge. Mr. Morrison is not frightened by the threat but the Logans become worried about him. Mamma wants him to move away to be safe. Papa wants him to do what he wants. Later Papa sees that the bank wants the bill paid earlier and he does not have the money. He calls Uncle Hammer and asks for the money. Later at the church's annual Revival without his car because he sold it pay the bill. Also at the Revival T.J. shows off his new clothes and friend hopeing to impress them but the kids just become angered and leave T.J. with the Simms. chapter 11- 12 T.J. and the Simms boys go to break into the Wallace Store. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Roll of thunder Hear My Cry really opened my eyes to the terrible truths of Civil Rights. It showed me how prejudice and racist people could be. It also showed me how clueless they could be. They only saw a color not skin and bones.
In this book people act as if it has no effect on the African Americans, To be called nigger and to be thrown on a street. to be spoken and treated as if they are dirt is a terrible thing and they didn't see that. This book could make you want to jump out of your skin and scream. It would littery bring me on a emotional roller coaster.
The characters in this book never gave up and that is a great example of people.i shows you people may tourment you but you don" t have to just stand there. Your can fight back. Show them how they cant treat badly and get away with it. Like how Mamma took a stand and started the boycott, and taught slavery how it was even when her job was on the line.
Bibliography http://www.bookrags.com/notes/roth/QUO.html http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/01/31/extra.civil.rights.timeline/ http://www.olemiss.edu/mwp/dir/taylor_mildred/ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1535.html http://languagearts.mrdonn.org/figurative.html http://flikrpoet.com http://dictionary.reference.com/ Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
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