The Help

The Help is the Outside Reading Book for both third and fourth quarter this year for my periods 3, 5 & 7.  Please adhere to the reading schedule as you well be assessed on the selected readings on the syllabus.  



Students will be able to:

  • Develop empathy for the plight of African Americans working and living in the Southern portion of America in the 1960's.
  • Research their own family's memories of the time period and relate it to what went on historically and in The Help.
  • Compare and contrast the lifestyles allowed to African Americans in the Civil War time period versus the 1960's.
  • Analyze symbols, themes and imagery used in the novel and discuss their findings in seminar and on assessments.
  • Synthesize the characters' roles in the story and Kathryn's Stockett's purpose for their actions, their character traits, etc.

Common Core Standards:


·         11.RL.1 "Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text..."

·         11.RL.2 "Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text..."

·         11.RL.3 "Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or a drama..."

·         11.RL.5 "Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to its overall structure and meaning..."

·         11.W.1 "Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics of texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence".

·         11.W.4 "Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience".

·         11.SL.1 "Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions..."

·         11.SL.3 "Evaluate a speaker's point of view..."

·         11.SL.4 "Present information, findings and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning..."


The Help Intro Lesson



The Help Introduction Lesson

Part I: Quotes


  1. “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” 
    Frederick Douglass


  1. "If you teach him how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master". (Frederick Douglass, speaking of himself in his book, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, page 49).


Both of the above quotes are from Frederick Douglass, a black man from Maryland.  Please interpret them, as well as consider what they meant in the life of a slave.  What assumptions can you draw from them regarding slave expectations, education and life?  Do you agree with what Mr. Douglass says?  Write a short response to these quotes/questions below.







Part II: Stations

You will work with your group in each station to read, discuss and answer questions regarding the text(s) at the station.  You will have seven minutes to work together and then you will move onto the next station. 


Part III: Exit Slip: 3-2-1

Below please write three things you learned today, two questions you have (could be prediction/connection questions, questions about the text/material you worked with today, etc) and one thing you experienced during the lesson that really worked for you.