Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor, Dial 1976
Activities 2002 Nancy Polette

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ABOUT THE BOOK
Set in Mississippi in the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their pride and independence. It is a story of physical survival and of the survival of the human spirit.
The characters, Cassie, Stacey, Little Man and Christopher-John, experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive. Owning their own land meant much to the Logan family because it gave them freedom. But when Papa used his land to back credit for black families to shop in Vicksburg, that freedom is threatened. Live day by day with the Logan family in the turbulent year they experience in this moving novel.
ACTIVITY:
Read about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fredrick Douglas. Read about them and compare these two civil rights leaders using the pattern that follows.
If I were ________________________________________________________________
I would _________________________________________________________________
And ____________________________________________________________________
I would fight injustice by ___________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
and ____________________________________________________________________
But I wouldn't ___________________________________________________________
Because __________________________________________________________ did that.

BOOKS:
Civil Rights Leaders , Richard Rennert, Ed. Chelsea 1993
Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Story by Ellen Levine. Avon, 1993.
Or: Read about those who displayed courage in many different ways in:
BLACK HEROES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Burke Davis, Harcourt Brace 1991
BLACK STARS IN ORBIT by Burns & Miles. Harcourt Brace, 1995
BOOK OF BLACK HEROES FROM A TO Z by Wade Hudson. Just Us, 1993
FIVE BRAVE EXPLORERS by Wade Hudson. Scholastic, 1995

ACTIVITY: COURAGE

Work alone or in pairs to answer these questions about courage,
1. Give an example of courage.____________________________________________
2. Give an example of lack of courage.______________________________________
3. Is fear the opposite of courage or is it a part of courage? Explain. _____________________________________________________________________
4. Name someone who is truly courageous and tell why._________________________
5. What is the difference between being courageous and being fool-hardy? _____________________________________________________________________
6. Who, in your opinion, was the most courageous character in this novel? _____________________________________________________________________
Give three reasons for your choice. _________________________________________
7. Give your definition of courage.__________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________