The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Anticipation Guide

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Is it okay to be mean to people if you don't get caught? Such questions drive the anticipation guide for The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The activity, designed to be completed before reading, has learners answer general thematic questions about social scenarios before discussing responses with their group. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • After reading the book, return to the anticipation guide with the class and determine what the author of the text would argue about the points
  • Have a pop-up debate that explores friendship, race, or fairness as an extension activity 
Classroom Considerations
  • If your class is unfamiliar with the Civil Rights movement, you may need to build background knowledge before using the anticipation guide
  • Scaffolded activity is great as a think-pair-share 
  • Different sections on the graphic organizer help learners distinguish their thoughts from their group's thoughts
  • Discussions give readers a focus area for the upcoming text while providing thematic focus areas for future analysis
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Common Core