|ABOUT THE BOOK
Set in Mississippi in the height of the
Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain
their pride and independence. It is a story of physical survival and
of the survival of the human spirit.
The characters, Cassie, Stacey,
Little Man and Christopher-John, experience racial antagonisms and
hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect
they need to survive. Owning their own land meant much to the Logan
family because it gave them freedom. But when Papa used his land to
back credit for black families to shop in Vicksburg, that freedom is
threatened. Live day by day with the Logan family in the turbulent
year they experience in this moving novel.
Read about Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fredrick Douglas. Read about them and compare these
two civil rights leaders using the pattern that follows.
If I were ________________________________________________________________
I would _________________________________________________________________
I would fight injustice by ___________________________________________________
But I wouldn't ___________________________________________________________
Because __________________________________________________________ did that.
Civil Rights Leaders
, Richard Rennert, Ed. Chelsea 1993
Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Story
by Ellen Levine. Avon, 1993.
Or: Read about those who displayed courage in many different ways
OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
by Burke Davis, Harcourt
BLACK STARS IN ORBIT by Burns & Miles. Harcourt
BOOK OF BLACK HEROES FROM A TO
Z by Wade Hudson. Just
BRAVE EXPLORERS by Wade Hudson. Scholastic,
Work alone or in pairs to answer these
questions about courage,
1. Give an example of
2. Give an example of lack of
3. Is fear the opposite of courage or is it a
part of courage? Explain. _____________________________________________________________________
someone who is truly courageous and tell why._________________________
is the difference between being courageous and being fool-hardy?
6. Who, in
your opinion, was the most courageous character in this novel?
Give three reasons for your choice. _________________________________________
7. Give your definition of courage.__________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________