Towers Falling Themes

Towers Falling Themes
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Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Ten year old Deja is starting fifth grade at a new school. Things are tough at home: Pop is always sick and sad, Ma is always at work, and Deja is always taking care of her little brother and sister while Pop is asleep. Her family has been homeless for a while now, and living in one room at the rundown Avalon homeless shelter. Her new school is different from anywhere else Deja has been, and the education of recent history that Deja receives will change her life and the lives of her friends and family forever.


Towers Falling

Storyboard Description

Students will identify themes in Towers Falling and illustrate examples from the text.

Storyboard Text

  • HISTORY IS RELEVANT
  • What happened on September 11, 2001?
  • IDENTITY AND PATRIOTISM
  • I am an American.
  • I am an American.
  • I am an American.
  • It is often difficult for children to understand what history has to do with them and why they have to learn about it. One of the main themes is that history is alive, personal, and relevant. Deja sees this first hand when she learns how September 11th had an impact on so many, including her father, herself, Miss Garcia, Sabeen, and Ben.
  • Deja and her friends are all from different backgrounds, and heritage is important and celebrated in Deja’s school. Deja learns to embrace these differences while also developing a deep sense of pride in her country and being an American.
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