Toni Cade Bambara
Lesson plans and teaching ideas for "Blues Ain't no Mockin Bird" and other stories

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Biography and Background

Toni Cade Bambara
Biography at Wikipedia.

Toni Cade Bambara
Biography and bibliography.

Stories

"Blues Ain't no Mockin Bird"
Students consider the symbolism of the birds via an online dictionary of symbolism.

"Blues Ain't no Mockin Bird" Graphic Organizer
Students use a graphic organizer to understand the relationship of characters, practice editing, and explore characterization through dialect. This 6-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.

Gorilla, My Love
Summary, related movies and TV shows, and 3 teaching ideas.

"Raymond's Run"
Go to page 24 of this 25-page document for a printable handout, 5 comprehension questions and a postreading activity. Adobe Reader or compatible application required for access.

"Raymond's Run"
Click on "Raymond's Run" to the left to find 6 printable pages of activities for this story. This extensive document contains materials for several other stories, as well. Be careful not to print the entire document unless you want all 116 pages. Requires Adobe Reader for access.

New 9/17"Raymond's Run": Allusions, Slang, and Literary Analogies
Students analyze the allusions, slang, and literary analogies used in "Raymond's Run." To extend understanding, they will then write their own allusions and analogies. Lesson includes slide presentation, 2 handouts.

New 9/17"Raymond's Run"
This document contains a unit plan for grade 8. The 4-day lesson for "Raymond's Run" can be found on p. 27-40. Students analyze conflict and character motivation. Includes printables, a variety of learning strategies, differentiation, related links, rubrics, practice with sentence structure, more. Document is 152 pages long; word processor required. (Consider saving document, printing only the pages needed.)

New 9/17"Raymond's Run"
Text of the story. 7 pages; Adobe Reader required.



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