Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Study Guide

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Newbery Medal Winner 1977, Germany’s Buxtehude Bulle Award, Coretta Scott King Award, California Young Reader’s Medal nominee, Ms. Taylor was named First Laureate of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. 

The Great Depression was a difficult time for most Americans, and the difficulty was magnified if you were black and lived in the South. Although many of the black families around Strawberry, Mississippi are sharecroppers, the Logan family owns the land they work. Their independence allows them to help other families in need, but also draws unwanted attention from their white neighbors. In 1933 Mississippi, racist "night men" terrorize the Logans and their neighbors with acts of violence against black families. Young Cassie Logan must learn how to respond to the prejudice and injustice she experiences as she comes to realize the importance of the land to her family.

Through Mildred D. Taylor's story of strength, students will learn:

About the Author: Learn about Mildred D. Taylor.

Background Information: Civil rights.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: In context, characterization, setting, irony, foreshadow, synonym, plot, conflict, symbolism, allusion, flashback, mood, imagery, poetic justice, theme, novel of education, point of view. 

Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Friendship, revenge, injustice, slavery, employee, equality, forgiveness, suffering, perseverance, prayer, wise choices.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapping, research, music, writing, journal.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by Mildred D. Taylor.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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    Posted by Judy on 24th Apr 2022