English & Black History: Role Playing "Roll of Thunder"

Grades 6-8 / ELA / History / Characters

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 role play characters to learn about American segregation
5 min
Questions to Consider
How does Ms. Marquis use role playing to assess student understanding?
See how Ms. Marquis continues to naturally assess students as she poses questions and situations about the characters
How does Ms. Marquis get students to support their answers with evidence?

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  • Publication List for English and Black History – Reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

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