Clayton Byrd Goes Underground: Novel Study

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Music is good for the soul. Clayton, the main character, learns to love the blues from his grandfather. However, he is left to chase the band and his dream of the blues alone after his grandfather dies. Scholars dig deep into the story using vocabulary and critical thinking activities and get poetic as they create a quatrain poem to celebrate the blues.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the history of and listen to blues music
  • Watch part of the book online to bring the story to life
Classroom Considerations

  • Story includes death of a grandfather
  • Contains only a preview of the full novel study
Pros

  • Incorporates poetry, making it a great multi-faceted lesson
  • Addresses literary elements of cliffhanger and simile
Cons

  • No answer key