The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman - Class Journal - “We couldn’t let what happened yesterday stop us today.” Day 1 (intro to page 10) Vocabulary (intro to page 10) 1. Sable = a colloquialism (informal speech at the time) of the word, “saber” or a heavy cavalry sword with a slightly curved blade 2. Secesh = (for secession) refers to the troops from the retreating confederate army 3. Gallery = veranda or porch; long, narrow balcony on the outside of a building Read and Respond Questions 1. As we read, we will frequently stop and ask you to respond to questions by writing in your MJP journal. 2. After you respond, be prepared to not only share with your neighbor, but the entire class as well. 3. Effort, effort, effort. 3-minute entry task • In your MJP journal, write about a time in your life when someone you met treated you with a great deal more respect than you were accustomed to. How did that respectful treatment change the way you saw yourself and the way you wanted to be treated by others in the future? • W-P-D = Write, Pair, Discuss R&R Questions (After Intro) – How would you describe the experience of the man who taped Miss Jane’s story over many weeks and months? R&R Questions (After page 5) - After their defeat in the Civil War, how does Ticey describe the change in the attitudes of the Secesh soldiers about fighting to preserve slavery? - What do you think about the southerners justification for slavery? R&R Questions (After page 10) - How did Ticey’s experience with Corporal Brown and her new name change her behavior toward her mistress at the plantation? Why? - What does this change say about Ticey’s character? - Why did the mistress of the plantation react so violently against Ticey’s insistence upon being called by her new name? Exit Activity – Last 5 minutes In your journal: What do you predict will happen to Ticey in the future? On what basis do you make your predictions? (Think about the effect that freedom has on Ticey’s behavior) Slideshow = Slavery in America Day 2 (pages 10 - 20) Vocabulary (page 10 - 20) 1. Driver = On a plantation, one who makes his subordinates work hard 2. Shares = to work the land as a tenant farmer for a share of crop 3. Patrollers = After the end of the Civil War, a group of poor white men (who used to track down slaves and bring them back to their masters) and former confederates (Secesh) who tracked down former slaves to torture and kill them. Entry Task – 5 Minutes • What does the word freedom mean to you? With your partner, brainstorm a list of phrases that describe your ideas about freedom. Then, together, in your journals, write a definition of the word “freedom” and what actions you might be willing to take to obtain or maintain these freedoms should they ever be threatened. Read with a Purpose Today… As you listen to the tape, find out how freedom (emancipation) affects slaves on Jane’s plantation differently and why. Think about the reasons some slaves want to stay on the plantation and why some of them want to leave. R&R Questions (After page 12) - Why did plantation owners respond to the emancipation of their slaves by offering them new and seemingly more fair living arrangements if the slaves decided to stay? R&R Questions – T Chart (p. 16) List reasons why Unc Isom and other slaves felt they should stay on the plantation on one side of the chart, and then list reasons why Jane wanted to leave on the other side. Risks in leaving Reason to leave Freedom is like…(3 examples) In your journal, please finish the statement above. Example: Freedom is like the expression on my son’s face as he rides California Screamin. R&R Questions (After page 16) - What are your predictions about the fate of most slaves who chose to leave the plantation immediately after emancipation to seek freedom? On what text information do you base your prediction? R&R Questions (After page 18) - Why was renaming oneself an important act after being freed from slavery? What are these former slaves really doing when they rename themselves using the names of their white masters? R&R Activity – Big Laura Map Big laura What others think about Big Laura How Big Laura feels What Big Laura does Entry/Exit Activity - 3 minutes What is one important idea you have learned so far in this unit that you want to remember? Day 3 (pages 21 - 31) I wonder what will happen to Miss Jane next?? I am so excited. Slideshow – Southern Whites Return Home After Five Long Years of War Entry Task - 5 minute write Describe the worst crisis that you, members of your family, or your friends have experienced, and tell how you (they) reacted to that crisis. Did you (they) change as a result of what happened? How did you (they) change? What did you (they) learn about yourself (themselves)? How would you (they) react under similar circumstances if the crisis were to occur again? Vocabulary 1. Ravishing = to seize and carry away forcibly Read with a Purpose Today… ….find out what happens to Jane and the group of former slaves who left the plantation in search of freedom. R&R Questions (After: end of 2nd Paragraph page 23) - In this last paragraph, how does Jane describe the aftermath of the massacre? To what well-known event in history does Jane compare this senseless act of violence? R&R Questions (After: end of 2nd paragraph page 24) - Explain why Jane was unable to cry after finding Big Laura and her baby’s dead bodies? What might Jane have been thinking about Big Laura when she figured out that Big Laura killed two patrollers before they killed her baby and her? How did Jane’s personal journey to freedom change as a consequence of Big Laura’s murder? R&R Questions (After page 25 – End of Massacre) - What did Jane do as she prepared for Ned’s and her journey that showed that Jane had developed a great deal of respect for Big Laura’s leadership? - Describe some examples from your own life when you modeled the behavior of someone else because you respected him or her. Symbolism… (After page 25 – The Massacre) - On page 25, there is a recurring symbol that will appear throughout the rest of the novel – the symbol of the river. **Make a prediction about what you believe the river stands for in this novel and write it in your response journal. R&R Activity: Shed some light… Using the “Shed some light on the subject” graphic organizer, write a brief summary of the conversation between Jane, the mistress, and her driver. The conversation starts after Jane informs them that she is headed to Ohio. Try to identify details to figure out why the mistress is crying at the end of the conversation. Shed some light organizer… In the Sun’s rays, write details about the conversation that will help you understand what happened. Most important thing to remember from conversation Exit Activity: reflection Why does the author include the scene where Jane meets up with the white plantation mistress in the novel? What is he trying to say about white southern plantation owners who glorified the system of slavery? Day 4 (pages 31 - 43) Slideshow – Reconstruction (The Early Years) Entry Task – 5 minute quick write Describe a time in your life when you were granted a freedom (by adults in your life) that brought with it some challenges and/or risks. Was “scary” freedom more satisfying than the comfortable safety of being taken care of by adults? Vocabulary 1. Beero = a word in southern dialect that means “Bureau”. When “Beero” is used in the novel, it refers to the “Freedom Bureau” established in the North to ensure the freedom of southern black slaves. 2. Pallet = a small, hard, or temporary bed. Read with a Purpose Today… …find out about the various people who Jane meets and how they react to her desire to travel to Ohio to meet Corporal Brown. R&R Activity – Stop and Spin (After page 36) - Why do you think that Jane was so anxious to leave the big house the next morning? On what in the text do you base your response? R&R Questions – Stop and Spin (After 1st Paragraph on page 37) - How did Jane feel about being “taken care of” with good food , a bath, clean clothes, and a place to sleep? Based upon what you know about Jane’s personality and character, do you think that she will enjoy this lifestyle enough to stay? R&R Questions – Stop and Spin (After first paragraph on page 39) - What reasons does Jane give for leaving the big house, and is her decision rationale considering what she and Ned will face alone on their journey to Ohio? What is motivating Jane to leave this place of safety to go out in an unsafe world? R&R Questions – Stop and Spin (After page 43) - What did Jane learn from her experience with the “God-fearing” woman from whom she asked for directions to Ohio and for a drink of water? What does this exchange of words tell the reader about the attitudes of poor white people toward freed slaves? Exit Task – Advice to Jane Considering what Jane has already been through on her journey to Ohio. If you could talk to Jane, what sound advice might you give her? Do you think she might take your advice? Why or why not? Day 5 (pages 43 - 57 ) Entry Task – response question - Is freedom a place, a state of mind, or something else? State your opinion and explain why you chose that answer. Vocabulary 1. Bayou = marshland: in the southern United States, an area of slow-moving water, often overgrown with reeds, leading from a river or lake 2. Woolgathered = daydreaming, absent- minded 3. Gorilla (guerrilla) = small group of irregular military with a political objective to harass or sabotage the government R&R Activity – Analyzing the Hunter As we read this section, try to write down ideas that describe the hunter. Use the following 3 categories. 1. What others think about the hunter 2. How the hunter feels 3. What the hunter does Character Analysis Chart The What others think Hunter about the hunter How the hunter feels What the hunter does R&R Questions (After page48) - Jane, Ned, and the Hunter all have experienced adversity and harsh treatment. In what ways are their efforts to create a life for themselves similar and different? What is most important to each of them? Why? R&R Activity – Analyzing the old man As we read this section, try to write down ideas that describe the old man. Use the following 3 categories. 1. What others think about the old man 2. How the old man feels 3. What the old man does Character Analysis Chart The old What others think man about the old man How the old man feels What the old man does R&R Questions (After page 57) - What evidence can you present to show that the old man was educated? What do you think motivates him to help children? - During her travels, why do people try to make Jane change her mind about heading to Ohio? What do her responses to them suggest about her personality? Day 6 - (pages 58 - 64 ) Entry Task – discussion With a partner, discuss the characteristics of The Hunter and The Old Man. Draw some conclusions as to the similarities and differences between the two people. How were their attitudes and actions towards Jane and Ned similar and different? - Use the graphic organizer on the following page to organize your thoughts. Entry task organizer… The Hunter The Old Man Characteristics How they treated Jane How they treated Ned Vocabulary 1. Crib = storage for grain or animals 2. “old no count” = worthless 3. Fire half = fireplace 4. Scalawag = a white person in the south who supported Republican reconstruction of the south R&R Activity – Analyzing Job As we read this section, try to write down ideas that describe Job. Use the following 3 categories. 1. What others think about Job 2. How Job feels 3. What Job does Character Analysis Chart JOB What others think about the Job How Job feels What Job does R&R Activity – TPS (then write) 1. Sum up Jane’s first meeting with Mr. Bone. 2. In what ways have her character traits helped or hindered her? 3. With your partner…choose a plant, an animal, or a cartoon character with traits you believe to be similar to Jane’s. Explain your thinking. Day 7 (pages 67 - 73) Entry Task… In your journals, respond to the following prompts… 1) What does bullying mean? 2) Why do you think people act in bullying ways? Entry Task Continued… 3) Based on the following quote from the book and what you know about history, what do you predict is going to happen in the next section of the book? “They was just after destroying any colored who tried to make it on his own.” R&R Questions… (After middle of page 68) - What do you think Jane values most about life there? - What evidence can you present for Jane’s respect for the teacher? R&R Questions… (After top of page 73) - The title of this section was “A flicker of light; and again darkness.” Why do you think the author chose this title? In what ways does this title express the emotions felt by the characters? - If you could rename this section, what would you call it? Exit Activity…Chart Life on the plantation with… Mr. Bone Colonel Dye Working Conditions Pay Education Morale Others? Day 8 (pages 73 - 83) Entry Task – Journal Response In what way do the plantation workers see the North as a “promised land”? What are they hoping to find there? Vocabulary 1. Exodus = leaving 2. Barren = unable to bear children R&R Activity – Lawmakers If you were in a position to create a policy to help the North, the former slaves, and the South respect each other and work together, what 2 laws would you write? R&R Questions - Discussion (After page 79) - Why do you think Ned chose to leave and Jane chose to stay behind? - In what ways does her decision to stay help you understand what she thinks is important? R&R Questions – Journal Entry (After page 79) - What issues in life are you willing to fight for? Do you know anyone who has made sacrifices for what they believe? Describe the situation and how you feel about their choice? R&R Activity – Taking Notes (During pages 80-83) - Take brief notes on this section of the reading. Break your notes up into two sections. Section 1: Ned Information Section 2: Jane & Joe Information Day 9 (pages 83 - 106) MUFDCESVYSGOL (mega ultimate final discussion competition E side versus Yo side game of life) Rules of the game… 1) Discuss answers to R&R questions with neighbors (e-side vs. yo-side). 2) Decide who has the most elaborate, detailed answer. 3) Pick representative to state team’s answer. 4) Share answers to class, most complete, detailed, answer wins. 5) Receive a point, or receive nothing Entry Task – Turn and Talk How did the Northern bankers and businesses make the situation worse for Jane and her fellow African Americans by lending money to people such as Colonel Dye? Vocabulary 1) Vexed = annoyed 2) Haint = in the south, a ghost or another phenomenon believed to be supernatural 3) Parish = a county in Louisiana 4) Hoo-Doo = fortune teller Read with a Purpose Today… …Watch how Colonel Dye tries to control Joe and how Joe responds. R&R Questions – Journal Response (After page 88 – “Another Home”) - What kind of person is Colonel Dye? What specific evidence from the book does Colonel Dye do or say that reveals his character? R&R Questions (After page 92 – “Molly”) - Why does Molly leave? What do you think about that? (After page 95 – “A Dollar for Two”) - Interpret your own meaning to Joe’s quote about life on page 93. Life is about “…doing it as good as you can.” What does it mean to you? R&R Questions (After page 103 – “Man’s Way”) - Why does Jane go to see the “hoo-doo”? (After page 106 – “Professor Douglass” - What is it that Ned wants to teach? Exit Activity…Reflection (3 minute-write) What do you think is going to happen to Ned? Why do you think that? Day 10 (pages 106 - 131) Final Section Entry Task…8 minute-write How do you know if a person is brave or is a coward? Think of some examples or actions that take courage? (they could be real life examples) Would you consider yourself to be courageous? Why or why not? Vocabulary 1) Derrick = loading structure 2) Chariot = a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used for a ceremony Read with a Purpose Today… …try to understand the importance education played in the struggle to improve their lives. R&R Questions…Journal Entries (After page 111 – “Albert Cluveau”) - What is your impression of Albert Cluveau? (After page 118 – “The Sermon on the River”) - What does Ned mean when he says “The black man or white man who tell you to stay in a corner want to keep your mind in a corner too.”? (bottom of 115) Short answer response example… During his powerful, poignant sermon on the river, Ned stated a memorable quote that had one underlying meaning. “The black man or white man who tell you to stay in a corner want to keep your mind in a corner too” is speaking metaphorically to having a proper education. Ned is urging his followers to fight out of the corner of pain and suffering by educating themselves and giving them a chance to live a fulfilling life. R&R Questions…Discussion (After page 121 – “Assassination”) - What had the white people told Cluveau to do to Ned before he killed him? Why do you think they did that? (After page 125 – “The People”) - What do you think of the sheriff’s investigation of Ned’s death? R&R Questions…Discussion (After page 131 – “The Chariot of Hell”) - When Cluveau finally is dying, he stands and holds his hands as if he is pointing a gun, saying “I’ll kill him.” Who do you think he is talking about? Why might he say that? 3 Final Journal Response Questions 1) How does a historical novel with fictional characters provide information that a history book cannot? 3 Final Journal Response Questions 2) What is Miss Jane’s philosophy on life? With your partner, create a list of hardships and tragedies she has endured throughout the first two books of this novel. Using these ideas, create a statement that summarizes her philosophy on life. 3 Final Journal Response Questions 3) What is your opinion of this book? Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?
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