Our first novel study of the quarter.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 is a historical fiction novel by American writer Christopher Paul Curtis, published in 1995. The story centers on the Watsons, an African-American family living in Flint, Michigan in 1963 and is narrated by ten-year-old Kenny Watson. When Kenny’s older brother Byron gets into some trouble, their parents decide that they should take a trip with the whole family, including little sister Joetta, to visit Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Alabama with the idea of moving Byron there for school. But tragedy awaits as Grandma’s church is bombed in front of the family in a terrorist attack carried out by the KKK. The story is based on a real-life KKK bombing that killed four African-American girls on the 15th of September 1963. Traumatized by what they have witnessed, the Watsons return home and Kenny tries to come to terms with the imperfect world in which they live. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 won a Newbery Honor in 1996.
Theme for Quarter Three
*Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges.
*Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
*We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
*How does race, class, gender, ethnicity affect social systems?(Literature explorations)
*What are the principles tenets of major religions?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I am originally from Massachusetts where I taught for a number of years and raised my three sons. As the boys left home I sought out my first overseas adventure and became a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines working as a teacher trainer. When I returned home I completed my Masters in Curriculum, continued teaching as a gifted and talented coordinator and eventually sought yet another overseas adventure which led me to the beautiful city of Budapest Hungary. That was traded four years later for the hustle and bustle of the exotic city of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam. Fast forward and the lure of island life bought me to the Dominican Republic where I have spent the last five years teaching fourth grade. I am thrilled to be teaching fifth grade this year, with many of my former fourth grade students.