Literature: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham --1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis
These sites are about the book, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963”, and the author Christopher Paul Curtis. Includes lesson plans, activities, and author interviews. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the Civil Rights Movement.
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” Literature Focus Unit
This 43-page PDF literature unit includes a list of themes, goals, objectives, background knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, graphic organizers, discussion questions, reading and writing activities, poetry, differentiated instruction, assessments, and references.
An Author Study: Christopher Paul Curtis and his novel “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” Lesson Plans
This lesson introduces students to “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” by having students learn more about the novel’s author Christopher Paul Curtis.
Teaching Multicultural Literature: Historical and Cultural Context by Christopher Paul Curtis
In this workshop, find how a 6th grade teacher uses literature to teach students about the civil rights movement through drama, poetry, and creative writing. Includes a video, author's interview, teaching strategies, and resources that go with the workshop.
Scholastic: A Reading Guide to "The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963"
This 62-page PDF file has activities on a writing and a reading guide including plot, setting, themes, characters analysis, and activities for the literature. Includes an author interview, bibliography, related reading, and more.
Bringing "The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963" to the Middle School Classroom
Here are teaching ideas for integrating the literature with different subject areas.
ReadWriteThink: Graphing Plot and Character in a Novel
In this lesson plan, students learn how to use symbols to represent events and characters using a graphical map.
Newspaper in Education Teachers' Guide to "The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963"
This 12-page PDF file is a teachers' guide with suggested classroom activities by chapters.
Book Club Lesson Plan: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963"
Here are 12 lesson plans that go along with the book. You can also read the comments from other students that have participated in online discussion, or you can also participate in online discussion to share your thoughts on the book.
Predict-O-Gram: PreReading Activity: "The Watsons Go to Birminham - 1963"
This page has pre-reading activity that uses prediction strategy to help students be familiar with the book. NOTE: This site has a pop-up ad and contains banner ads.
eThemes Resource: Civil Rights Movement
These sites are about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. from 1954-1971. Includes several timelines with the major events of the era explained. Take an online tour of several historical spots. Topics include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock Central High School, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Read about civil rights leaders Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and a first-hand account of the Freedom Rides of 1961. There are links to eThemes Resources on Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History Month.