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Monday, 10 July 2006
Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (Ch.3-4)
There is a lot going on in chapters 3 and 4. We start off by Cassie and her brothers going to school on a rainy day. They can’t afford decent rain coats, so they have to use calf skins instead. The children wear them until they are out of their grandmother’s sight. The children do this because the skins let out an awful odor that seeps through their school clothes and fills them with the awful smell. However this is not their only problem. Every morning the Jefferson Davis school bus likes to entertain its riders by trying to run over the Logan’s and other African kids. This becomes a big problem when it rains because, the white children are so anxious to splash the African children and get them dirty. To avoid this, Cassie and her brothers would wake up really early in order to avoid the reckless bus, this didn’t always work however. Little John would always ask why they didn’t have a bus like Jefferson Davis, Mama would always say that the county didn’t support it’s black children, but Little Man never really understood what that really meant. One day while they were going to school Stacey had a plan to get rid of the school bus. He told his brothers and sister to meet him at lunch time in the tool shed. When it was lunch time they all went to the tool shed as planned. Stacey ordered all of them to grab a shovel and follow him to the spot where the bus always splashed them. After they reached that spot, the Logan’s started digging until they had dug up the biggest ditch they could. As they walked home after school, they had found that their ditch was now a humongous puddle! As they walked some more, they heard the school bus coming. Just as planned the bus fell into their trap and the white kids ended up walking to school for two weeks until their bus could be fixed. That night Mr. Avery came to inform the Logan’s that the Night Men were “riding”. Mama ordered the children to go to bed, Big Ma and herself got the rifle’s ready incase anything were to happen. As the Night Men approached their house, they noticed a very tall and muscular figure (Mr. Morrison) so they backed off and left.
In chapter 4, we start off by Cassie helping her mother with the butter. She is acting unusual because of last night’s event. After she is done her Mama asks her to go play outside with her brothers. As they are playing T.J. comes and tells them disturbing news. First he keeps encouraging them to go to the Wallace store, which their parents strictly prohibit. He also says that last night the Night Men went to Mr. Sam Tatum’s house and spilled black tar all over him, then they put feathers on the tar. The next morning while walking to school, T.J. shows Stacey his cheat sheet for the Social Studies exam. Stacey snatches the paper from his hand and rips it into many pieces. After school as Cassie and her two brothers wait for Stacey they learn that T.J. made a new cheat sheet and sneaked it on Stacey’s desk. During the test Mama, found out and whipped Stacey in front of the class, he also failed the test. After Stacey came out of school he quickly went looking for T.J. after he had learned that he went to the Wallace store, Stacey ran after him without hesitation. Cassie and her brothers were not sure how to respond, but they couldn’t leave their brother so they had to follow. After Stacey gets a hold of T.J. , they are found fighting on the ground in front of the Wallace store. They fight until there is suddenly no sound, as they look over their backs they find Mr. Morrison. He takes the children home and promises not to tell their mom, and that he will leave that duty up to them. At the end, Stacey decides to tell his mom. After he tells her, Cassie and the others were expecting to get whipped; however Mama takes them to the Berry’s. They learn that the Wallace’s poured kerosene on Mr. Berry and let him afire, that is why he looked the way he did. When they get home they figure out that this was Mama’s way of punishing them.

These two chapters were full of challenges. The Logan children take their first step in making a difference with the situation of their time. I also liked the way Mama dealt with her children when she found out they went to the Wallace store.

Posted by droid/danah at 1:50 PM EDT
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Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (Ch.3-4)
In these chapters the logan kids dont have rain coats and big ma makes them wear calfs that were made by their mother. The kids take them off after dissapering from mama and big ma’s eagle eyes. They had waken up early today to go to school so they could miss the bus and avoid being splashed.
Stacey, Little Man, Christopher john, T.J, had planed to dig a deep ditch so that when the bus comes it would fall and they wouldn’t get splashed again. The kids had started digging during lunchtime. They would wait for the bus to come after school. After school had ended they saw the bus come and fall in the ditch. They were all so happy and ran back home so they wouldn’t get caught.
That night Mr.Avery came and informes mama that’s the night men were “riding”. Cassie had been listening and thought that they were after them. The next morning the cassie acts a little weird. She falls from the stool and breaks the molding dish. That day T.J was trying to get the logan kids to the Wallace store to look at the dance, but they remember what their papa had told them and they knew that papa always does what he says, so they don’t go.

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Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (Ch.3-4)
In these chapters the logan kids dont have rain coats and big ma makes them wear calfs that were made by their mother. The kids take them off after dissapering from mama and big ma’s eagle eyes. They had waken up early today to go to school so they could miss the bus and avoid being splashed.
Stacey, Little Man, Christopher john, T.J, had planed to dig a deep ditch so that when the bus comes it would fall and they wouldn’t get splashed again. The kids had started digging during lunchtime. They would wait for the bus to come after school. After school had ended they saw the bus come and fall in the ditch. They were all so happy and ran back home so they wouldn’t get caught.
That night Mr.Avery came and informes mama that’s the night men were “riding”. Cassie had been listening and thought that they were after them. The next morning the cassie acts a little weird. She falls from the stool and breaks the molding dish. That day T.J was trying to get the logan kids to the Wallace store to look at the dance, but they remember what their papa had told them and they knew that papa always does what he says, so they don’t go.

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Friday, 30 June 2006
Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (Ch.1-2)
Journal Response
Ch. 1-2

From the first chapter we can learn that the Logan’s are African Americans living in Spokane County, Mississippi in 1933. Unlike many Africans at that time, the Logan’s possess land of their own. This is one aspect that keeps them proud of who they are. We also learn that there is trouble in the county of Spokane. It has been said that the Berry’s house has been put on fire by the whites. Not much is said about the news, but it keeps the children in great suspicion. It is the beginning of September, Cassie and her brothers get a rough head start on the first day of School. Cassie’s youngest brother, Little Man, got very upset that the books entitled them as “negro”. However their teacher does not seem to understand this and punishes Little Man and Cassie for not being thankful.
In the second chapter Mr. Logan makes a surprise and comes home to visit his family. The whole family warmly welcomes papa ,however they were not so comfortable with his guest, Mr. Morrison. After papa greets his children, mother, and wife he explains that Mr. Morrison was fired from his work. Papa informs the family that Mr. Morrison will be their guest for some time until he can find a place to work at again. Even though this is what Papa said, Cassie is suspecting that there is another reason behind this stranger’s visit.


The first two chapters of this book are very well explained and detailed. Since they are like the base of this book, the must explain a great deal about the background of the family and the time setting. From reading them I think the author did an excellent job describing the situation of the family and all African Americans during that time.

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Thursday, 29 June 2006
Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (Ch.1-2)
The first chapter is about a family that lived in the depression era in Mississippi. The berry’s house had burned down and almost everyone thought it was a accident fire. But T.J had told the Logans that it was no accident and that some white men had burned it on purpose. Little man and Stacey where on there way home because the next day would be the first day of the school year. The school that they attended was The Great Faith Elementary and secondary school, one of the largest black schools in the county. The first day wasn’t really joyful. They had been assigned books even though most of them have never been given a book other than a bible. We all waited until our names were called to receive our books by Miss Crocker. Even though they weren’t in good condition we were all really glad that the government had given us books to study from. The first graders stared at us while we flipped the pages, Miss Crocker noticed that and pointed put that they had books to that were stacked on top of Miss Davis’s desk. They were given there books to and when little man received his books he realized that it was dirty. Politely he asked for another cleaner book but Miss Crocker yelled at him and told him to take that book or not to take anything at all. Soon after that little man was stomping on his book and ripping it apart. Stacey looked through her book to see why little man was causing all this and soon enough she found a paper in the middle of the book that stated who handled this book and their color. Quickly she got up and defended little man. At the end of the day Miss Crocker went to mama and told her about her children’s behavior. Mama didn’t seem to be concerned at all.

In the second chapter Mr. Logan surprises his family and comes home. Mr. Morrison (an unsuspected visitor) was with papa. Papa had said that Mr. Morrison was fired from his work and that’s why he was here today. Even though papa clearly said so Stacey still thought that wasn’t the reason papa had him with us today.

These first two chapters were great because the author described each of the characters feelings which made you feel like you where that character. It also gave you a glimpse of what the African Americans where feeling at that time. The great thing about these chapters is that the author leaves you in suspense at the end which forces you to keep reading.

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Friday, 16 June 2006
Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (Ch.1-2)
Journal Response
Ch. 1-2

From the first chapter we can learn that the Logan’s are African Americans living in Spokane County, Mississippi in 1933. Unlike many Africans at that time, the Logan’s possess land of their own. This is one aspect that keeps them proud of who they are. We also learn that there is trouble in the county of Spokane. It has been said that the Berry’s house has been put on fire by the whites. Not much is said about the news, but it keeps the children in great suspicion. It is the beginning of September, Cassie and her brothers get a rough head start on the first day of School. Cassie’s youngest brother, Little Man, got very upset that the books entitled them as “negro”. However their teacher does not seem to understand this and punishes Little Man and Cassie for not being thankful.
In the second chapter Mr. Logan makes a surprise and comes home to visit his family. The whole family warmly welcomes papa ,however they were not so comfortable with his guest, Mr. Morrison. After papa greets his children, mother, and wife he explains that Mr. Morrison was fired from his work. Papa informs the family that Mr. Morrison will be their guest for some time until he can find a place to work at again. Even though this is what Papa said, Cassie is suspecting that there is another reason behind this stranger’s visit.


The first two chapters of this book are very well explained and detailed. Since they are like the base of this book, the must explain a great deal about the background of the family and the time setting. From reading them I think the author did an excellent job describing the situation of the family and all African Americans during that time.

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