Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry' is a Newbery Medal-winning historical fiction novel by Mildred D. Taylor about racism in the southern part of the United States in the early 1900s. This asset may be used as a framework for creating lesson plans about this novel.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor explores racism, poverty, and land ownership. It does so through the story of 9-year-old Cassie Logan and her family as they fight for their land and stand up against violent racism in their community. This unit plan helps teachers create lesson plans for middle school students who are reading Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.


The Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Activities asset is divided into pre-reading, during reading, and after reading activities. Before reading, this asset encourages students to research the Great Depression and engage in conversations about racism to build some background knowledge about the themes that will be presented. Students may later revisit this resource to engage in art, writing, and dramatic activities that will help expand their knowledge of the characters and plot.

Teachers may also refer to the Great Depression Teaching Activities when exploring this topic. This resource contains individual and collaborative activities that explore ways in which the economic downturn impacted American culture in interdisciplinary ways.

The Jim Crow Laws Lesson Plan supports building background knowledge about racism in the South through the exploration of primary documents, a video lesson, and discussion.

During Reading

While reading this novel, the Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Discussion Questions may be used to help students focus on key details and make text connections. This resource breaks questions down by chapter so students can learn about one section of the book at a time.

The Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Lesson Plan reflects on the major plot points and themes of the novel. Students will read a text lesson, create a plot diagram, and make a visual that outlines one of the major themes in the novel.

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