Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Student Activity Page

Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a stirring portrayal of an African-American family confronting racism in the Deep South during the 1930's.

Roll of Thunder is also a coming-of-age novel, narrated from the perspective of a young girl growing up on a farm during the Great Depression. The farm is an important symbol of the Logan family's independence, and the narrator describes life on the farm as part of her story. Understanding background information to the Depression era can help you understand more about the setting of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

First published in 1976, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won the Newberry Medal for young adult literature. The "Author's Note" at the beginning of the novel stresses the importance of memoirs and family storytelling as a way to keep past eras alive and meaningful to future generations.

Student Exercises:

Student Activity #1: Answer quiz questions on the novel.

Student Activity #2: Outsmart the Hangman on vocabulary terms.

Student Activity #3: Match characters' names and actions.

Student Activity #4: Be Picture Perfect on the novel's events.

Student Activity #5: Test a partner in the Challenge Board.

Student Activity #6: Map the Setting.

Student Activity #7: Explore boycotts and their effects.

Student Activity #8: Create representative timelines.

Student Activity #9: Develop a Photo-Lit collage.

Student Activity #10: Investigate the theme.

Challenge Projects: Select an extension project.



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