Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case

After completing "Chapter 4: The Wolf Whistle" of Chris Crowe's Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case, readers adopt the identity of one of Emmett Till's friends and in this voice, craft a journal entry describing the events and their response from this perspective.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members research the Jim Crow laws and customs in place in Mississippi in the 1950s
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity assumes readers are able to adopt the mindset of black teenagers born and raised in Money, Mississippi during this period
  • A safe and respectful classroom environment for discussion must be established before approaching this discussion
Pros

  • The activity encourages readers to consider different perspectives of the incident
Cons

  • The activity assumes readers are able to adopt the mindset of black teenagers born and raised in Money, Mississippi during this period