In the beginning of Brown Girl Dreaming, the author depicts her family tree and its roots in slavery. Give students the opportunity to trace their own ancestry and discuss what they've learned in the process.
Poetry and/or Haiku
Jacqueline Woodson's poems in Brown Girl Dreaming are largely free verse with the exception of her use of haiku in the butterfly poems. Have students write a poem of their own employing one of these poetry styles.
Using the narrative of Brown Girl Dreaming, create a map of Jackie's travels as a child. Where was Jackie born, where did she live with her grandparents, and where did her family eventually move?
Look in your local newspaper or archives for an article that involves some aspect of the book and bring it to class. You will present it in front of the class and explain...
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