During the 1960's, many people fought for civil rights and equality. Black Americans faced racism, hatred, abuse, and murder. The Ballad of Birmingham, written by Dudley Randall in 1965, is based on the actual bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
The poem is about a small girl, who wants to join a freedom march, but her mother sends her to sing in church instead, thinking it will be safe. The child gets all dressed up to go, and her mother is happy knowing her daughter is safe. When the child is at church, there is an explosion. The mother finds a shoe, one belonging to her daughter.
We've been covering racism in our
"What's Fair" unit for our LA class, and this poem was
excellent for making us aware just how horrible racism is. We
did numerous exercises on the poem, of course, such as writing
descriptive words for common nouns, finding the main ideas of
the poem, using different strategies to figure out the
meaning, summarizing, and illustrating one of the stanzas.
We used two of the illustrations by students to make online jigsaw
puzzles for you to play, and we also created a vocabulary
wordsearch puzzle for you to try. Please see below.
of Birmingham Jigsaw Puzzles
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