Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Chapter Questions and Activities for Middle School

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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Be fully supported as you integrate Mildred D. Taylor's classic novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry into your curriculum. Over 75 pages of Common Core aligned resources specifically tailored to the text, complete with answer key, offers a no-prep approach for teachers. This resource connects to 20+ different standards, models comprehension skills for independent reading, and encourages readers to move beyond basic understanding.


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  • Provide complete support to teachers
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  • Enhance literacy, reading, and speaking skills
  • Model comprehension strategies
  • Incorporate instruction on literary elements
  • Encourage critical thinking
  • Allow for creativity
  • Adapt and accommodate a wide range of reading levels

The book is broken down into 8 manageable sections of reading, each section including a few chapters (about 30-40 pages of text). A Reading Road Map, created specifically for each section, guides students through key portions of text and uses comprehension skills to elevate independent reading. Tapping into critical thinking, every section also includes 1-3 extension activities. These are opportunities to respond creatively, in a deeper way to the reading. As differentiated activities, they engage students of all levels with a variety of learning styles. A comprehensive answer key for Reading Road Map questions is included.


  • Courageous Readers handout
  • Comprehension Skills handout
  • Pre-Reading Activities to introduce the book and its themes
  • Reading Road Maps for text-centered questions that feature a focused skill and include page references for added support.
  • Enrichment Activities to accommodate a variety of learning styles and levels. Each activity focuses on a key component of plot, character development, text analysis, perspective, and more.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.


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