by Paul Laurence Dunbar 1899

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 "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

In Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "Sympathy," Dunbar uses the experiences of a caged to bird to discuss the oppression of African Americans.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Loneliness & Isolation and Prejudice & Discrimination as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What are the effects of prejudice?" and "What does it mean to feel alone?"

Ways to support your child: