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by James Weldon Johnson


Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "Sonnet" by James Weldon Johnson.

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American writer and civil rights activist, and served a vital role in the National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In this poem, Johnson urges his heart to "be brave."

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Honor & Courage and Resilience & Success as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How does a person overcome adversity?" and "What does it mean to be brave?"

Ways to support your child: