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Jennifer Talarico

Curriculum Design
Meg Goldner Rabinowitz
12 April 2016
Middle School Curriculum: Grades 5-8
Unifying theme: Structural Racism
What is structural racism? How is it different from racism?
How is it evident in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?
How does structural racism exist today?
How does art characterize race during different time periods?
Core text: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Supplementary Texts
The Murder of Emmett Till (Documentary)
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-X4is9jMYk
The KKK (video clip)
o http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan/videos/the-kkk
Jim Crow Laws (video clip)
o http://classroomclips.org/video/785
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (film)
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2ZbrNMQtfo
What is sharecropping? Sharecroppers in American History
o http://quatr.us/northamerica/after1500/economy/sharecroppers.htm
Poem: Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes
Poem: An Open Letter to the South by Langston Hughes
A Depression Art Gallery
o http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/artgallery.htm

Kerry James Marshall: Challenging racism in art history


o http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20141023-i-show-black-is-beautiful

Essential Questions
Does (or how does) structural racism exist today?
How does Cassies narrative perspective affect the novel?
How does art define a time period?
Objectives and Goals
SWBAT use visual elements to infer meaning
SWBAT characterize characters using their thoughts, words, actions, and relationships/effect on others
SWBAT identify narrative perspectives and analyze their effect in a text
Throughout the unit, students will demonstrate growth on their explanation portion of their RACE responses
through use of daily revisions and peer editing
SWBAT participate in a meaningful 15-minute discussion without disruption
Modes of Assessment
Daily RACE (Restate, Answer, Cite, Explain) responses and journals (grade three per week)
Final Essay: Compare and contrast the novel and the movie. How does the narrative perspective influence the way
the story is told?
Socratic Seminar discussion

Week 1: Schema building/Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry introduction


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Schema
Day 3: Sharecropping and
building/Inferences
setting
See/Think/Wonder
Gallery Walk: A Depression Art
Read What is
Jim Crow Laws video w/ KWL
Gallery
Sharecropping
chart
Analyze Let America Be
What is structural racism?
Journal: Pick two images that
America Again with
strike you and interpret them in
partner
Journal: Predict how structural a journal entry
racism will affect the characters
Journal: Who is the
in Roll of Thunder
narrator of Let America Be
America Again? How does
it affect the readers
perception?
Week 2: Who are the Logans?
Monday
Tuesday
Day 6: Ch. 2, pgs. 27-31
Day 7: Ch. 2, pg. 32-41
Partner close read of pages
30-31
RACE: Compare and
contrast Mama and Ms.
Crocker. How do they
represent different ideas of
race?

Wednesday
Day 8: Ch. 3, 42-50

Thursday
Day 4: Ch. 1, pgs. 3-15

Friday
Day 5: Ch. 1, pgs. 16-27

Group work: Characterize


each of the Logan children.

Discussion: Apply the


textbooks at Great Faith to
structural racism.

Journal: Choose one of


the Logans and describe
him/her based on thoughts,
words, and actions evident
in chapter 1

Thursday
Day 9: Ch. 3, 50-57

Discussion: Who is Cassie


Logan?
Journal: Create a character
web of Cassie where you
consider her thoughts,
words, actions, and
relationships with others

RACE: How is structural


racism revealed in this
chapter/

Friday
Day 10: Ch. 3, 57-68
What is the Klu Klux Klan?
(video)

RACE: Compare and


contrast Great Faith and
Jefferson Davis.

RACE: How do the Logan


children defy structural
racism?

Journal: Choose one of the


Logans. How does he/she
feel in this chapter? How
would you feel?

Week 3:
Monday
Day 11: Ch. 4, pgs. 69-77

Tuesday
Day 12: Ch. 4, pgs. 77-88

Wednesday
Day 13: Ch. 4, pgs. 88-95

Thursday
Day 14: Ch. 4, pgs. 95-101

Friday
Day 15: Ch. 5, 110-116

Partner work: how do each


of the Logan children react
to the events with the KKK?

Partner work: create a


character web of Mr.
Morrison.

Close Read: Big Mas story

Activity: Characterization
Jigsaw and Logan Family
Tree

Discussion: How does


Cassies narration affect the
way the reader perceives the
story?

RACE: How is owning land


significant to the Logans?

Discussion: What does the


Wallace Store symbolize?

RACE: Choose one of the


Logans and describe how
he/she reacts to the KKK.

Journal: What gender roles


are evident in this chapter?
How do you know?

RACE: How does Mama


defy structural racism at the
end of Chapter 4?

Film Screening: 30 minutes


of The Murder of Emmett Till
Journal HW: Rewrite the
events in Strawberry from
Big Mas point of view.

HW: Read pages 102-110


Week 4:
Monday
Day 16:
Film Screening: Finish The
Murder of Emmett Till
Discussion: How does this
compare to the events in
Strawberry? Why?
Journal: Use events from
Roll of Thunder, Hear My
Cry and The Murder of
Emmett Till to characterize
structural racism.
HW: Read pages 117-130

Tuesday
Day 17: Ch. 6, 130-139

Wednesday
Day 18: Ch. 7, pg. 140-150

Thursday
Day 19: Ch. 7, pg. 150-158

Character development:
How is Cassie beginning to
change?

Partner work: Go back to


your character web of Mr.
Morrison and add to it.

Discussion: How does


generation influence the way
characters perceive racism?

Journal: Make a prediction!


Taylor uses foreshadowing
at the end of this chapter
when Mama says, One day,
well pay. Predict what is
going to happen next.

RACE: What is the effect of


learning about Mr. Morrison
through Cassies eyes? How
would the story be different
with a third person narrator?

RACE: Compare and


contrast Uncle Hammer and
Staceys view of the Simms.

Friday
Day 20: Ch. 7, pgs. 158-170
Audiobook
Discussion: How is the
Logans land significant?
What does it symbolize?
As a class, read and
annotate An Open Letter To
The South
Journal: Respond to the
poem. Can black and white
men work man to man as
Hughes describes?

Week 5
Monday
Day 21: Ch. 8, pgs. 171-181
Discuss: How do Cassies
actions in this chapter
compare to the beginning of
the novel?
RACE: How does Cassie
seek justice in this chapter?

Tuesday
Day 22: Ch. 8, 181-194
Audibook
Discussion: Why does
Mama lose her job?
RACE: How does Mama
respond to structural
racism?

Wednesday
Day 23: Ch. 9, pgs. 195-201

Thursday
Day 24: Ch. 9, pgs. 201-208

Friday
Day 25: Ch. 9, pgs. 209-217

Partner work: Use a


character web to
characterize Jeremy Simms.

Discussion: What role does


landownership play?

Mini Lesson: static vs.


dynamic characters

Journal: Why is
landownership important to
the Logans?

RACE: How has Stacey


changed throughout the
novel?

Thursday
Day 29: Ch. 12, pgs. 257266

Friday
Day 30: Ch. 12, pgs. 266276

Discussion: How has Cassie


changed?

Discussion: How do racism


and structural racism play a
role at the conclusion of the
novel?

Journal: Describe Jeremy


Simms. What role does he
play in the novel?

Week 6
Monday
Day 26: Ch. 10, pgs. 217233
Audiobook
Is Mr. Morrison a static or
dynamic character? How do
you know?
Journal (HW):
Papa is willing to risk his life
for his familys land.
Compare and contrast Papa
to other families weve met
so far.

Tuesday
Day 27: Ch. 10, pgs. 233241
Is Uncle Hammer a static or
dynamic character? How do
you know?
Journal: Describe TJs
relationship with the Simms
and predict its outcome.

Wednesday
Day 28: Ch. 11, pgs. 242256
Audiobook
Discussion: What lesson is
the author trying to teach us
in this chapter?
RACE: Connect the lesson
in this chapter to the theme
of the novel.

Week 7
Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Day 31: Film screening

Day 32: Finish film

Day: 33

Day 34:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My


Cry

In class essay: Compare


and contrast the novel and
the movie. How does the
narrative perspective
influence the way the story
is told?

Gallery Walk: Race in Art


Today

Research Day: Does


structural racism exist
today?

Begin Research for Socratic


Seminar: Does structural
racism still exist?

Day 35: Socratic Seminar