FC: Multicultural Novel Roll of Thunder, Hear me Cry by: Mildred D. Taylor JT , Bronson , Lizzy, and Kaylee
1: Summary of Novel The novel, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor is about an African-American family, the Logan family, and how they have to face the obstacles of school, the bus, the Simms Family, and even their own friends. Their school with Miss Croaker isn't going so well. Little man and Cassie both stood up for themselves when they saw the books they got were first owned by white people. There was also a bus incident when the white bus almost hit the Logan children, but the kids jumped off the road to avoid getting hit.
2: Unfortunately, they got very muddy and dirty. This happened multiple times until Little Man reached his breaking point. He and the group dug a hole in the road, which grew very big by the rain, for the bus to stumble over. Instead, the bus fell into the hole and got stuck and the white kids had to walk to school for a while. Later, the Logans' father comes to visit for Christmas.
3: Papa is shot in the leg and gets a head injury on the way back from Strawberry Then one night TJ comes to the Logan children with a bunch of bruises. He was in trouble because he broke into the store to steal a gun. The Logan children help him get home but a mob of white men are waiting at his house to hang him. Now what!! Papa starts a fire in the cotton field to distract the men and TJ is arrested and goes to jail.
4: THEME The universal affirmation of man's ability to accomplish great feats by using a great deal of brain power and a tremendous amount of effort even in the face of great adversity. In the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor wants us to understand that drastic times call for drastic measures. This book was filled with trouble and problems, and they were all overcome in a different way. | J.T
5: Example 1 (pg # 40) The white kids' bus always splashes mud onto the Logan kid's clothes. So they plan to get revenge on the bus. They make a little hole in the road on the way to school, but on their way home, the hole is all across the road.The bus speeds over the hole, and almost topples over. | J.T
6: THEME Example 2 (pg 137) Lillian Jean, a white girl, was being very mean to Cassie. So, she does something no one else would dare to do; she tricks her into thinking she is her friend then beats her up. Cassie tells Lillian that if she tells anyone about this, she will tell all her friends the personal secrets she knows. | J.T
7: Example 3 (pg199) They needed to get T.J. away from an angry mob of white men, so someone starts a fire to distract them. Then, the fire burns the cotton crop, which is what the Logan family relied on to pay their taxes. But, it was worth it because for the moment they saved T.J. | J.T.
8: CHARACTERIZATION ADVERSITIES or OBSTACLES The main character,Cassie, faces many adversities as an African-American girl growing up in the South during the 1930's. Obstacle # 1: Cassie would always be mistreated by a white girl. The girl's father would make Cassie apologize for the girl's accidents.She would treat Cassie like a bully. | Bronson
9: How did she overcome it? She talked with Mama and she learned that the girl does that because she thinks she's better than Cassie. Cassie then offers to carry the girl's books. After a while Cassie quits that job and beats up the older white girl. | Bronson
10: Lessons learned along the way.... Cassie learned that no one can be better than anyone. People just act like and say that they are. | Bronson | The main character, Little Man, faces many adversities as an African-American boy growing up in the South during the 1930's. Obstacle: Little Man would always be forced off the road by the whites' school bus. This resulted into him falling into the mud and getting him dirty, which he hated most.
11: Bronson | Lesson Little Man Learned: He learned to treat people the way you want to be treated. The reason it's this lesson is because the bus driver treated him like dirt for forcing him off the road, so he decided to treat him like that and dug a hole in the road.
12: THE VIEW OF CULTURAL/ETHNIC GROUP | I have learned that family and friends are always there for you when you need them. | - I used to think that family and friends were people who you knew and have. but because and after the unity of the book that I realized that a family sticks together no matter what. | 1#- Lizzy | Lizzy B.
13: I learned that it was a hard time for African Americans when whites would try to kill them. | 2# - Kaylee | -I used to think blacks were very bad. Now after reading actual problems with black and whites, I believe most are good because they aren't for what we did to their ancestors. | Lizzy B.
14: # 3- JT | I learned that you shouldn't treat other people differently. We are all the same, but might look or act differently than you might think. | Lizzy B.
15: #4 - Bronson I learned that if someone is part of a different culture or race, that you should accept and respect that person. You don't have to be the same to be accepted, just be who you are and smile. | Lizzy B.
16: Supplementary Information What did you learn from your research related to your novel? #1: In the 1900s, there was a gang called the Ku Klux Klan. They tormented and killed many African Americans. In Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, the Ku Klux Klan is just like the white gang, as they are referred as. Kaylee | Many black people were hanged a lot in the 1930s, like T.J. because of what happened with the Simms boys. JT | Kaylee
17: Additional information (continued) | The whites were very mean back then. In the book they were very mean to all African Americans. Lizzy | It was very hard to live during the early and middle of the 20th Century. It was mostly hard for the blacks because of slavery and bad judgment from whites. | Kaylee
18: Bibliography | Lizzy- http://goo.gl/GRFJb Kaylee- http://goo.gl/jxUSU, http://goo.gl/AWFQV | Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Dial, 1976. Print.