Resources for Ghost Boys

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Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Ghost Boys, wanted to bring the historical legacy of Emmett Till and the current topic of racial prejudice into today's young readers' mindsets. Use a reading guide and set of discussion questions to talk about the book's themes, characters, and historical allusions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Send the questions home for learners to contemplate as an independent reading assignment
  • Connect the lesson to a social studies lesson on the Civil Rights Movement
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource discusses the importance of spending at least one class period introducing the novel
  • Learners should have prior knowledge of systemic racism, the murder of Emmett Till, and the Civil Rights Movement

  • Includes an interview with the author
  • Notes important thematic talking points

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