English and Black History: Reading "Roll of Thunder"

Grades 6-8 / ELA / History

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12


8th Grade


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.

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Lesson Objective
Students examine elements of the American Civil Rights Movement
5 min
Questions to Consider
What types of questions does Ms. Marquis pose to guide students in analyzing Roll of Thunder?
How does "micro-teaching" by students make the lesson more meaningful?
Notice that students complete additional research to prepare for "micro-teaching"

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