Fishbowl Discussion Preparation Day

Both Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and To Kill a Mockingbird are filled with rich themes.  Some of these themes are common between the two, such as racism, but others are more unique to each text.  At any rate, each both texts present complimentary themes.

Today, the students worked with their partners to identify themes they wished to explore and they set about locating examples within their text of choice.  The themes we explored were:

To Kill a Mockingbird:

  • Racism
  • Social Inequality
  • Coexistence of Good and Evil
  • Appropriate Gender Roles

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry:

  • Racism
  • Land as Independence
  • Family and Community
  • Injustice and Dignity
  • The Power of Silence

The quotes, notes, and examples that each group acquired will be used in tomorrow’s in-class fishbowl discussion.

We finished today’s lesson with a brief discussion of the themes and how they shape our understanding of the text.


  • Read for 30 minutes and log this in the AC Reading Log.
    • TKAM- Review for tomorrow’s quiz.  Use the discussion questions for assistance.
    • ROTHMC- Review for tomorrow’s quiz.  Use the discussion questions for assistance.


3.4.15 Fishbowl Discussion Prep

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