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									 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
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

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
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
  - 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

(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

Example: Freedom is like the expression on
 my son’s face as he rides California
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
Day 3 (pages 21 - 31)

                        I wonder
                        what will
                        happen to
                        Miss Jane
                        next?? I
                          am so
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?
1. Ravishing = to seize and carry away
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
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
(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
Shed some light organizer…
 In the Sun’s rays, write details
about the conversation that will
   help you understand what

                              Most important
                                  thing to
                              remember from
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?
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.
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-
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


     How they
   treated Jane

    How they
   treated Ned
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.
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
1) What does bullying mean?
2) Why do you think people act in bullying
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




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?
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
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
R&R Activity – Taking Notes
(During pages 80-83)
  - Take brief notes on this section of the
  reading. Break your notes up into two
     Section 1: Ned Information
     Section 2: Jane & Joe Information
Day 9 (pages 83 - 106)
(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?
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
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
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

(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

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