Introduction: This activity is an independent, differentiated project for students to complete while reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 (by Christopher Paul Curtis). Before beginning class novel, give each student a Tic-Tac-Toe board. Discuss each of the options listed on the board. Explain to students that they will be reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 as a class novel. The Tic-Tac-Toe exercises will be due when students have finished reading the book.
Background of the Novel: The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, is a popular novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. The novel is about a family that lives in Flint, Michigan. The story is told by Kenny, the middle child in the Watson family. Kenny refers to his family as “The Weird Watsons” and students will understand why—from the very first chapter! Although the setting begins in Flint, Michigan, another setting occurs halfway through the book when the family travels to Birmingham. The purpose of the trip is to send Byron, the oldest kid, to stay with his grandmother for a while.
• Class set of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
• Tic-Tac-Toe board (1 per student)
• Drawing paper or mini-poster boards
• 3X5 index cards
I hope your students enjoy this differentiated project that supplements your other novel study lessons.
Duration: Students will work on this, along with other activities you plan, over the 2-3 weeks it takes to complete a novel study.
- Tonya Davis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: Tic-Tac-Toe Board"
by Tonya Davis
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