Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
In the informational text “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author,” Barrett Smith discusses the activism of a young girl who collects and donates books with black girls as the main characters.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text, about a young activist collecting books that feature black girls, after page 228 of the novel — when Jacqueline discovers books with black characters. In the informational text, Marley says that she “‘couldn’t learn lessons from those stories’” that excluded black people. What does it mean to Marley and Jacqueline to read books that feature characters that look like them? How do students think Jacqueline would feel about Marley’s mission to collect books featuring black girls?