Watson Go To Birmingham Storyboard

Watson Go To Birmingham Storyboard
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  • Historical fiction
  • Title, Author, Genre, Setting
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Birmingham, AL- 1963
  • Kenny Watson- the narrator
  • Main Characters & Point of View
  • Mrs. Watson- Mom
  • Joey- the youngest Watson
  • Byron Watson- the older brother
  • Mr. Watson- Dad
  • Plot Summary
  • The Watsons drive from their home in Flint, Michigan to their grandmother's house in Birmingham, Alabama, experiencing racism along the way. 
  • The family is introduced. Due to Byron's misbehavior, the Watson parents decide to visit family in Alabama. 
  • Plot summary
  • The Watsons return to their home in Flint, where each character deals with their shock and grief over the bombing, bringing the family closer together in the process.
  • The church that Joey attends is bombed; the family fears that she is among the dead until she is found alive.
  • Author's purpose
  • The author's purpose is to entertain as well as inform. The reader learns details of a key moment in the Civil Rights Movement from the point of view of a child who witnessed the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. 
  • My opinion of the book
  • This is a perfect blend of good-natured humor and gripping historical fiction that gives students insight into a crucial moment in US history. Highly recommended!
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