A challenging fiction and poetry pairing that works great for an ELA background study on civil rights, this lesson features a pivotal passage from Susan Crandall's "Whistling Past the Graveyard" and two civil rights era poems (authors unknown). The lesson starts with a YouTube video from the movie "The Help," contains questions to encourage whole class discussion, guided questions for students to answer as they work through the passages, and a writing prompt. Guided questions include: predicting, connecting, compare/contrast ideas in multi-genre texts, character traits, denotation and connotation. The passage also contains regional dialogue. Discussion questions and writing prompt encourage evaluation, analysis and sythesis of ideas. This lesson is suitable for individual, pairs or small group. Answers to questions may vary so there is no answer key.
High interest, relevant main character (young girl), and a riveting passage.