The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. This story is the historical fictional account of one family's move from Flint, Michigan in 1963 to Birmingham, Alabama.
Learn the words to understand the story
DICTATION: To effect change in the face of unequal conditions, you must first organize people who agree with you to action for change. Second, you must educate people about the problem. Third, you must advocate your cause and help people with information. Fourth, you must participate by getting involved in government or social groups. This is usually where the problem stops. However, sometimes, you need to create public awareness and you must demonstrate or strike in the streets. This way you can get the press involved and get publicity for your cause to show people what the problems. This is your fifth and final step and the last step you should ever have to take to get laws change to correct a bad condition.
DICTATION: This is about an African American family during the Civil Rights era who live in the North. It is cold and Mom wants to be where it is warm. The father warns them of the legal and social climate which is dangerous to African Americans. He reminds them of the unequal treatment. The family is nonplussed and Mom is homesick. She is happy to forget some things for time in the South.
Writing Prompt: People sometimes hate other people and it is important to understand their reasoning to be able to convince them to change through action. I will examine who the victims and perpetrators of hate are, what is the conflict, and what the resolution is. Let me explain.
Choose a group from the Hate Map on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.
Write about three points:
1) Who are the victims? Who are the hate groups?
2) What the conflict?
3) What is the resolution?
Organize your thoughts and test
Extension: DATA INTERPRETATION
Who is S.P.L.C.?
Read the HATE MAP. ASK:
1) What are the groups that hate groups are targeting?
SS: The groups the hate groups are targeting are __________________________. (name them all)
2) What do these people do that offends the hate groups?
SS: These people are _______ from others.
Word Bank: different,same
3) Why should this cause problems to the hate groups in their homes?
SS: There should be ______ problems.
Word Bank: no, some
4) What is the fundamental problem?
SS: The fundamental problem is ____.
Word Bank: intolerance,tolerance
5) What are the measures that civil rights advocates can do to prevent these bullies or hate groups from hurting the smaller groups?
SS: Civil rights advocates can do five things:
Word Bank: Organize, Educate, Advocate, Participate, Demonstrate.