Exploring Character Development in The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

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How did the Civil Rights Movement affect young people in the United States? Scholars read Christopher Paul Curtis' novel, The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963. Next, they write compare and contrast essays showing how the main characters change throughout the text. They also complete graphic organizers to acquire and practice new vocabulary.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask pupils to conduct research about Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s
  • Have learners read Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" 
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • Provides a helpful rubric for assessing informational writing
  • Engages students in active pre- and post-reading strategies
Cons

  • None
Common Core