Sounder by William H. Armstrong is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that captivates readers. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or simply an avid reader, this classic work of literature is an excellent choice for a novel study.

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Sounder was published in 1969 and went on to be awarded the Newbery Medal in 1970. It has also been made into a feature film that earned several Academy Award nominations in 1972.

Sounder is a great choice for a novel study

  • Relevant and Timeless Themes: Sounder is a novel that explores timeless themes such as poverty, racism, and family relationships. These themes are still relevant today, making it an excellent choice for a novel study that will engage and challenge your students.
  • Inspiring Characters: The characters in Sounder are complex and relatable, making them ideal for students to study and analyze. The protagonist, a young African-American boy named David, is especially inspiring as he learns to overcome adversity and grow into a strong and compassionate person.
  • Beautifully Written: William H. Armstrong’s writing style is simple, yet beautiful and evocative. The prose is easy to understand and will engage students, making it an ideal choice for middle school students.
  • Engaging Plot: The plot of Sounder is both engaging and thought-provoking. It tells the story of a young boy and his family who must struggle to survive in the face of poverty and racism. This powerful story will keep students engaged and invested in the novel.
  • Cultural Significance: Sounder is a historically important novel that offers valuable insights into the lives of African Americans during the 19th century. It will broaden students’ understanding of American history and culture.
  • Supports Critical Thinking and Analysis: Reading Sounder will encourage students to think critically and analyze the themes, characters, and events which will help them to develop essential skills such as close reading, analysis, and interpretation.

This book takes a quiet look at the life of a poor, black sharecropping family in the South. It gives students an eye into the turmoil and adversity many families such as this faced at that time. Using literature in this way can help students empathize with the issues and gain an understanding of the history of those who came before us here in America. It is a tale worth using in your classroom.

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Sounder for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.


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