Mildred D. Taylor wrote Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the author and her writing.
Class Discussion: Use reference materials as needed. Why did Taylor have a burning desire to portray black families differently from what she saw in her history books? How did that desire lead to her writing? When did she first attempt to write? Why was the process so difficult for her? What was her attitude when she realized how difficult writing could be? How did the stories Taylor heard in childhood influence her writing? Which authors did Taylor first emulate? What did she hope to accomplish from her writing?
Activity: Create a chart or poster that shows these things: books Taylor has written, genre(s) of books she has written, awards she has won for writing, and what critics say about her writing...
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