How would you prepare young readers for the historical nature of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in a classroom or related group setting? What age should be designated as the appropriate audience?

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Although the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry deals with difficult details of segregation and racial prejudice, it is designed for middle grades students to read.

This novel seeks to introduce younger students to difficult concepts. Before they read a more complex and detailed description of the realities of racism, such as To Kill a Mockingbird, this book introduces them a little more gently to concepts of racism, discrimination, and poverty.

The book addresses important historical concepts likes sharecropping and segregation. There are roving bands of white bandits that target innocent black men. There are also more minor, daily examples of institutionalized racism, such as the used textbooks given to the "negro" school once they are no longer useable for whites, and the whites-only bus deliberately splashing the Logans as they walk to school.

In an age-appropriate manner, this book allows children to learn about and...

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