Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Close-reading Guide and Summaries—Grades 7-8

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Close-reading Guide and Summaries—Grades 7-8
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Mildred D. Taylor’s classic historical fiction Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has been and will continue to be a favorite of children and adults for years. In this packet, I have written over 200 close-reading questions to guide students through the novel. These were designed as an after-reading strategy to encourage students to skim and scan for important details and have a discussion about this wonderful piece of literature. I find that giving readers a guide helps generate discussion. Although it would be a rare teacher who would ask students to write answers to ALL these questions, having them answer one or two here and there is a quick way to assess their comprehension and writing skills.

After the questions, I have included chapter summaries complete with analysis. The summary is both an aid to teachers and to students. It can be posted on a teacher’s web page or shared whole group in the classroom as a review to be sure all students understand the significance of the events in the chapters. I find the summaries particularly helpful for absent students.

***If you like this, you can find other useful Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry teaching materials on my TpT page.***

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45 pages
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1 month
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