The Day you Begin
Social Justice Activities:
Analyze characters on the page, "And because they don't understand, the classroom will fill with laughter until the teacher quiets everyone." Why do they laugh? How does that make Rigoberto feel? Compare and Contrast what you think Rigoberto's life is like at school vs. home. (Identity 4,5)
Comparing: Jaqueline Woodson said she was inspired to write this book after she wrote a poem for the book Brown Girl Dream. Read about it here: Evaluate the poetic elements, compare and contrast with The Day You Begin, and discuss the theme in the book and in the poem.
Character Analysis: Analyze and compare the ways each of the children are incorrectly measuring their self-worth. Analyze how the author intersects race, language, and socio-economic status.
Descriptive & figurative language: There are metaphors, similes and descriptive language throughout the text.
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Diversity
- Author's stated heritage: Black
- Subject Integration: Math (measurement), Art, Geography