by Jessica McBirney 2017

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 "The Scottsboro Boys" by Jessica McBirney.

In "The Scottsboro Boys," Jessica McBirney discusses the historic event in which nine black boys were wrongfully accused and convicted of assault.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Justice, Freedom & Equality, Prejudice & Discrimination, and Social Change & Revolution as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What is fair?", "What are the effects of prejudice?", and "How do people create change?"

Ways to support your child:

  • Ask your child about this informational text at home:
    • What was "The Scottsboro Boys" about?
    • What did you learn about Justice, Freedom & Equality?
    • What did you learn about Prejudice & Discrimination?
    • What did you learn about Social Change & Revolution?
  • Watch An American Tragedy: The Scottsboro Boys’ Trial at home with your child.