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This Promise of Change characters ´ 7 é In 1956 one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12 but then outsiThe group But what about just being a regular teen This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co writing proce. Outstanding

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In 1956 one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee At first things went smoothly for the Clinton 12 but then outside agitators interf. Written with lightning

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This Promise of ChangeEred pitting the townspeople against one another Uneasiness turned into anger and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school Jo Ann clear eyed practical tolerant and popular among both black and white students found herself called on as the spokesperson of. Where to start There’s so much I’d like to say about this book First – just read it You’ve heard about the Little Rock 9 and you’ve heard about Ruby Bridges but before both in August 1956 there was the Clinton 12 Co author Jo Ann Allen was one of the 12 and she tells her story in verse I finished in one sitting A tragic tale with riveting moments As a reader you meet and are immersed in the story of beautiful people who suffered the injustices of a racist society Woven into the format of the book are uotes from those involved and headlines from newspapers across the nation At the end of the book Jo Ann Allen and Debbie Levy share words there are details about what happened to each of the 12 students only two graduated from Clinton High School photographs and a timeline of school desegregation and civil rights landmarks There are a variety of poetic forms used in the book – acrostic ballad cinuain cascade Haiku ode—but they tell the story in a seamless way In other words shifts in poetic forms are not disruptive I barely noticed until I read the author’s note listing the types of forms at the end of the bookI’d BOOK TALK this in 4th 8th grades or READ ALOUD or purchase for a LITERATURE CIRCLE There’s so much for students to read and chew on in this book Poems about the bigger issues like the arrival of John Kasper a racist who arrived in town and instigated a mob mentality knocking on doors organizing rallies against the desegregation of the high school and then there’s a short poem about Jo Ann’s father Poems about how the 12 were treated so badly by many kids in the school and then a poem about a beloved elderly neighbor “Mother Lula” who passes away during this period Several themes run throughout the book – courage perseverance determination What struck me as powerful though was the idea threaded throughout that many people were about “integration” because it was “the law” not because it was the right thing to do The writing is powerful and worthy worthy of student led discussions Take a look at the names of the parts of the book and then at the poem titles—as a way to discuss the authors’ purposes or decisions in how to organize the book in a way that supports the themes in the book The poems arewell they are poetic ; I found myself marking pages like the poem on pages 90 91 entitled “HearingUnhearing” in which Jo Ann Allen describes a time as a child when she went into a store with her father and a little white girl her age said “Oh Mommy look at the little n babies” The poem closes with –We walked out of that store We left behind that girlwith that word in her moutha word that assaults us almost dailyBut now I don’t want to walk outI want to walk inI can’t unhear what I hearI won’t walk away from it either And then there’s the uotes – from players like the Clinton High School principal and headlines or excerpts from local and national newspapers like the Washington Post Wow – perfectly placed at various points in the book with a lot of punch Would love to hear students discuss the impact of the authors’ choice to include theseI don’t think we have to over think teaching with this book I think we simply look at students and say “Hmmmmwhat are you thinking What makes you think so Why is that important to think about Even today” or teach them to ask each other these uestionsI know this book has already received some recognition I’d be surprised if it doesn’t win several awards Regardless it’s well worth your stu