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Department of English

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor - Discussion Guide



Big Ma Logan, Grandpa Logan, Papa Logan, Mama Logan, Stacey Logan, Cassie Logan, Christopher-John, Little Man, Uncle Hammer, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Avery, Mrs. Avery, T.J., Claude, Mr. Simms, Jeremy, Lillian Jean, Melvin, R.W., Mr. Granger, The Wallaces, Mr. Jamieson, Mr. and Mrs. Barnett, The Berrys, Miss Crocker, Mr. Grimes


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes such as: racism, prejudice, friendship, honesty, love and family, injustice.

Define any symbols (school books, clothing)

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Social Science: Sharecroppers, Dialects, Clothing Styles.

Geography: Rural South

Science: Weather, Elements of Nature

Classroom Projects: Art, Writing, Geography, Post Civil War, Civil Rights