The Watsons Go to Birmingham: Problematic Situation

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Readers explore the options for dealing with Byron's bad behavior from Mrs. Watson's perspective in Christopher Paul Curtis's novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham. After collaborating and discussing potential consequences if the Watsons stayed in Flint versus moving to Birmingham, they debate the issue from their small group brainstorm session.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

Classroom Considerations

  • This is a collaborative activity; consider assigning groups before class begins
  • Structure your seating in groups of four or five to promote discussion
Pros

  • Resource comes with a graphic organizer
  • Directions are easy to understand and allow the individual to distinguish their thoughts from those of the group
Cons

  • None
Common Core