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Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings historical fiction to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara

Main Characters

Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara

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  • Speaker from Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
    Speaker

    The unnamed granddaughter of Granny and Granddaddy Cain

  • Cathy from Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
    Cathy

    The speaker’s cousin

  • Tyrone and Terry from Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
    Tyrone and Terry

    Neighbour twins

  • Granny from Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
    Granny

    The speaker’s grandmother who cares for her

  • Granddaddy Cain from Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
    Granddaddy Cain

    The speaker’s grandfather, and Granny’s husband

  • Camera Man and Smilin Man from Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara
    Camera Man and Smilin Man

    Men shooting a video for the food stamp program

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Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara

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  • Prop Food Stamp
    Prop Food Stamp
  • Shrub
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Teacher Guide

Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird by Toni Cade Bambara

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Opening Discussion

  • What is dialect? Where do we find different versions of the English dialect?
  • What is the food stamp program? What kind of stigma does it create for people who are a part of it?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Why do you think the author chose to write a dialect into the story? How do Granny and Granddaddy Cain show self-respect? What is the meaning of the title?
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Pixton Activity: Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose a character from Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird and create a character sketch for him or her.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the story. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird 2 Types of Conflict

Intro

In the story Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird, identify the key types of conflict that are present. Using a Storyboard format, identify an example for each type of conflict present.

  • There may be more than one type, so it is important that you thoroughly analyze your selection.
  • Provide a brief description as to why you believe that this is a good example. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Types of Conflict

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview Multiple types of conflict are fully discussed: all examples are thoroughly discussed. More than one type of conflict is fully discussed; examples are well developed and precise. More than one type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples provide sufficient support. One type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples show limited support. One type of conflict is poorly discussed; lacks supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Blues Ain't No Mockin Bird 3 Figurative Language

Intro

Figurative language is when authors use words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal meaning. Poets often use different types of figurative language to enhance their writing. These include:

  • Metaphor - comparing two things without using the words “like” or “as” (She was an angry lion)
  • Simile - Comparing two things using the words “like” or “as” (He was as hungry as a hippo)
  • Personification - Giving non-human things human like qualities (The trees danced in the wind)
  • Onomatopoeia - Words that are sounds (The door banged against the wall)
  • Oxymoron - two words that are opposite are placed side by side (jumbo shrimp, deafening silence, pretty ugly)
  • Hyperbole - A deliberate exaggeration (I’m so hungry I could eat a horse)
  • Allusion - A reference to a well-known person, place, thing or event (What, are you going to go all Shakespeare on us?)
  • Idiom - A common phrase that doesn’t mean what is literally says (Tommy gave Sue the cold shoulder when he passed)

Instructions

In the story Blues Ain’t No Mockin bird, there are various types figurative language that are present. Using a storyboard format, identify at least two examples of figurative language and explain.

  • Identify the type of figurative language in the panel title.
  • Quote the example and identify the paragraph.
  • Formulate a brief description of what the figurative language means.
  • Create an image that summarizes the example.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Figurative Language

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The example of figurative language is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The example of figurative language is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The example of figurative language is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The example of figurative language is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The example of figurative language is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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