Some kids in Kennys school make fun of him because hes smarter than most and because of his lazy eye. Then they pick on Rufus because of his clothes and his Southern accent. How does the teasing affect each of the two boys
3 Prompt 3 August 13
What does Kenny find out about Larry Dunn
How does this change Kennys opinion
4 Prompt 4 August 14
Choose one of the characters read about so far.
Describe the characters actions and appearance.
Tell why you selected this character for your journal.
5 Prompt 5 August 18
If you lived in the 1960s what would you expect to see and hear when you walked down a city street in the South
6 Prompt 6 August 20
What is segregation
How does it affect us today
7 Prompt 7 August 24
Describe the Wool Pooh through Kennys eyes.
8 Prompt 8 August 26
What made the birds and bugs stop and wonder
Describe what Kenny must have seen on the day these animals stopped and wondered.
9 Prompt 9 September 3
Who is your research topic
What was the persons role in Civil and Human Rights
What are his/her birth and death dates
10 Vocabulary 11 Vocabulary - Watsons
(or as Joey says Nar-sissy)
A character in Greek mythology who met tragedy when he fell in love with his own image.
12 Vocabulary List One
Oracle a person or place believed to reveal messages from a god or spirit.
Emissary a person sent on a mission.
Interim a period of time between two events.
Capricious tending to change suddenly and without reason.
Malevolent wishing to harm others
Hostile showing ill will
Intimidate frighten or make afraid
Emulate copy or try to be equal with
Nazis followers of Hitler or members of his political party
Pomade hair ointment with perfume
Sugar Ray Robinson a great welterweight and middle weight boxing champion in the late 50s and early 60s
Snake in the Grass someone who is sneaky and deceitful
15 Vocabulary Notebook
16 Settings 17 Times and Settings
In 1963 Birmingham was a focal point for the civil rights movement.
Most of the action takes place in
the Watson home in Flint
in the Brown Bomber on the way to Birmingham
at Grandma Sands house in Birmingham.
In 1963 the differences between Flint and Birmingham were far more serious than just the weather. Throughout the country African Americans were discriminated against.
Many public areas were segregated.
The facilities were of poorer quality.
Laws and tests prevented African Americans from voting.
18 Times and Setting - continued
An important step toward ending racial discrimination was the
1954 case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public schools could no longer be segregated.
In 1963 the civil rights movement begun again led by
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Fannie Lou Hamer
On August 28 1963 200000 people marched on Washington D.C.
Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous I Have a Dream speech.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1965
Most Southern states voluntarily opened their registration lists to blacks.
19 Chapter Summaries 20 Chapter Summaries
Ten-year-old Kenny lives with his family.
Some children the Weird Watsons.
Kennys older brother Byron is tough and mean
Kenny is an excellent reader and does well in school.
His lazy eye makes him a target for cruel remarks.
One day a boy named Rufus from Arkansas becomes a new target for the childrens teasing.
Kenny finds himself becoming friends with Rufus.
He nearly loses this friendship when he laughs at a cruel joke on Rufus.
Rufus forgives Kenny when Momma arranges for an apology.
21 Chapter Summaries
Thirteen-year-old Byron is skipping school and getting into trouble.
One day Momma catches him playing with fire.
She threatens to burn his finger to show him the serious danger of fire.
Her youngest child Joetta frantically protects Byron from this punishment.
Later Byron comes home with a hairstyle known as a conk. another thing his parents have warned him not to do.
Dad simply shaves Byrons head.
a lye-straightened hairdo popularized in the 1920s by Cab Calloway
image the KINGS of SWING _at_ http//www2.kenyon.ed u/Depts/IPHS/Projects/swing1/music/kings.htm
Cab Calloway 23 Chapter Summaries
Momma and Dad feel that they are losing control of Byron.
They decide to take him to stay with his grandmother in Birmingham Alabama for the summer.
Byron is loaded into the car with the rest of the family.
Momma has made an hour-by-hour plan for the trip
Dad has installed an Ultra-Glide machine to play records in the car.
24 Outhouses Open black hole Flies Gagged Sears Catalogs 25 The Brown Bombers TT AB-700 Ultraglide probably looked like this. PHILIPS Car Record-Player 45 rpm Image http//home.swipnet.se/w-49476/100.htm 26 Yakkety Yak
Kennys favorite song
Written by The Coasters
Trivia! The group began in Los Angeles as The Robins. Later part of the group split off and formed a new group in New York. They called themselves The Coasters because of their coast-to-coast roots.
Info Rock and Roll Hall of Fame _at_ http//www.rockhall.com/hof/inductee.aspid81 Ima ge http//www.clarksvilleriverfest.com/images/Coa sters.jpg 27 Chapter Summaries
At Grandma Sandss house Kenny is surprised to see a tiny woman emerge from the front door.
She is much nicer than Kenny expected.
She expects to be addressed as maam however--and Byron immediately adopts good manners.
After a few days he gets the urge to start misbehaving.
Against the warnings of his grandmother he goes swimming at a place called Colliers Landing and is nearly drowned in a whirlpool.
Byron saves him in the nick of time.
Kenny is convinced that his brother had to battle a creature called the Wool Pooh in order to do so.
28 The Wool Poo 29 Whirlpool 30 Chapter Summaries
A few days later Kenny is still feeling exhausted from his near-death experience.
He waves to Joetta as she leaves for Sunday school and then settles under a tree in Grandmas backyard.
He is awakened by a loud boom.
When Kenny arrives at the scene he sees a giant hole in the side of the church.
A man is pulling a little girl in a blood-stained dress out of the building.
Kenny wanders into the building himself and sees a patent-leather shoe like the one Joey was wearing sticking out of the rubble.
He takes hold of it and imagines that the Wool Pooh is fighting him for possession.
Kenny pulls the shoe off and goes home convinced that his sister has been taken by the Wool Pooh.
Even when she comes into the house and speaks to him he thinks that she is merely a ghost.
Finally he concludes that the Wool Pooh somehow missed Joey.
Momma and Dad talk about it when they think they are alone but Kenny is usually hiding under the couch listening to what they say.
Finally Byron discovers his hiding place and tries to involve him in normal activities again.
One day he leads Kenny to the bathroom to show off a newly sprouted whisker.
When Kenny sees his own ravaged face in the mirror he begins sobbing.
Byron comforts him and explains why he doesnt have to feel guilty about what happened.
After thinking about what his brother has said Kenny takes Byrons advice and gets ready to start his life again.
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