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After reading Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor many issues werebrought to my attention It was an accurate and realistic portrayal of prejudicediscrimination harassment and cultural differences that were prevalent in the 1930s Ibelieve that this book is an excellent tool to help students connect with sensitive andcomplicated human issues that are prevalent today in our society Mildred Taylor wrote several books such as Mississippi Bridge The Road toMemphis and several other treasures These works along with Roll of Thunder areexcellent tools to introduce multicultural issues into the classroom The issues of racismprejudice and stereotyping are an important aspect of curriculum that I feel often gounnoticed or untouched Books such as the ones I have mentioned introduce culturalethnic racial and other social issued that delve inside our individual value system andmake us aware of our own personal biases that we may be carrying As future educatorsit is our job to get at the root of these issues and do our personal best to remove the innerbiases that the children have learned whether it be from their parents or other classmates We need to get deep into these issues and not simply touch the surface A lot of timesmulticultural issues are discussed but not thoroughly the result is that the students remainuntouched by the experience Our job as educators is to get the students to actually feel the situations and get them to reflect on themselves and how these issues are directlyrelated to them and those around them Roll of Thunder is a perfect book to use as a lead-in to issues such as the CivilRights Movement It could also be used for a classroom discussion on the governmentpolicy separate but equal which actually offered a legal way to discriminate againstblacks We could also get the students involved in discussions such as what were theracial conflicts between the blacks and whites in the south in the
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