Forbidden Schoolhouse Week 4 Reagan Littlejohn

Forbidden Schoolhouse Week 4     Reagan Littlejohn

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  • "Instead of insults and criticism, gifts and encouraging letters poured in" (91).
  • Signpost: Quoted word 
  • Signpost: Contrast and Contradictions
  • "'For sale,' it said, 'the house in Canterbury occupied by . . . Prudence Crandall 
  • Mindset: Growth
  • "She was eight-four years old. She had plenty of energy and she wanted to work" (114).
  • The author says the quote like this because she wants us to see how there was a huge amount of gifts coming to her, as to when it was usually huge amounts of hate. This is important because it tells us that now, finally, after receiving so much dislike she was finally getting praise, and loads of it.
  • Newfangled
  • " San Francisco on a newfangled machine called a bicycle" (105).
  • The difference is how Prudence gave up her school after a year of trying so hard to get it accepted. She usually would've kept on trying, yet she didn't. This is important because now she isn't teaching colored girls, which that's what the story was mainly about; her teaching and fighting for African American education. 
  • Summary: SWBS Summary
  • 1: In the 1833, Prudence Crandall opened a school for colored girls, which wasn't an idea supported then
  • 2: Prudence went to court for breaking the new law that prohibited black girls from outside Connecticut to attend school in the state.
  • Prudence has a growth mindset based on this evidence. If Prudence had a fixed mindset she would've stayed hidden away, she wouldn't have done anything at all. Instead she has a growth mindset, Prudence kept working to improve the lives of former slaves and all dark-skinned people.
  • Book Club Question
  • Definition: different from what one is used to; objectionably new. No
  • 3: Prudence fought for education of blacks even after her school closed in 1834.
  • The most important thing, in the book Forbidden Schoolhouse, is how throughout torment and threats for fines or jail, Prudence Crandall wanted to keep teaching colored students. She remained a dedicated abolitionist her entire life.
  • Universal: What was the impact of Prudence's want to help African Americans and educate them? How has Prudence's stubbornness to teach the colored girls impacted us today?
  • Literal: How long did Prudence try to improve the lives of African Americans?
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