Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Lit Circles Unit Plan for Common Core

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Tamara Salisbury
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6th - 8th
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This is a unit plan for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. It is about 32 days long. This unit is centered around literature circles and ends with an essay about theme using quotations from the book with accompanying diorama. Read more about the unit in the preview.

This unit is perfect for Common Core, with grade-level reading and an emphasis on speaking and listening standards, in addition to reading and writing.

The unit is downloaded as a .zip file. It includes a folder with a daily plan, quizzes, vocab sheets, lit circle materials, and more.

Also INCLUDED in this unit plan is my Pre-reading assignment over the US in the 1930s.

Total Pages
1 page
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Teaching Duration
2 months
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history”).


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