Ninth ward childrens fiction by jewell parker rhodes. In 2005, hurricane katrina struck the gulf coast of the united states, and a district of new orleans called the ninth ward was completely flooded. If you are interested in a novel that captures the essence of new orleans and its people while simultaneously illustrating how tragedy makes us stronger, ninth ward is a must read. Mama yaya knows it will get bad, but she has no means to get lanesha out of the. A lot of the ccss has students focus on authors purposewhich involved a really deep knowledge of text. Gripping story of a girls bravery during hurricane katrina. The novel is so beautifully written that the fact that laneesha and her mama yaya can see ghosts seems quite naturaland is an effective way of showing how the power of ancestors and history helped ninth ward residents survive. I always wanted to write a childrens book, rhodes said about ninth ward. Rhodes ninth ward is a stunning tale set against the horrors of hurricane katrina.
This book is among my top three childrens novel alongside esperanza rising and heidi. In this vivid work of realistic fiction the ability to sense things beyond the physical world is simply part of. But even in tough times, there is one place where business always seems to be good. The ninth ward or 9th ward is a distinctive region of new orleans, louisiana that is located in the easternmost downriver portion of the city. Both mama yaya and lanesha have special sight, one for the future and one for the ghosts that inhabit this story. Ghost boys educator guide little, brown books for young readers. Her parents hadnt been getting along for some time, but they finally decided they just couldnt live in the same house anymore. She has also written many awardwinning novels for adults.
One of the themes of the novel is fortitude, a word that laneesha and tashon learned at school before the hurricane and applied in their struggle to survive. A few weeks ago i got interested in the claim that the game could work as a sort of urbanexploration tool, so i decided to put that to the test in the neighborhood where we live in new orleans. Living in the ninth ward of new orleans, lanesha is viewed as an unusual child she was born with a caul and is able to see ghosts and is ostracized at school. The ninth ward is one of seventeen wards, or administrative districts, in new orleans. How do the different characters in ninth ward demonstrate fortitude. Jewell parker rhodes is the new york times bestselling and awardwinning author of ninth ward, a coretta scott king honor book, sugar, winner of the jane adams peace association book award, bayou magic, towers falling, and ghost boys. The largest and easternmost ward, the ninth ward is divided by a shipping channel and another waterway. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. The 10 best things to do near lower 9th ward, new orleans. In the book ninth ward, who was the boy that was killed in a driveby shooting while buying soda. Mama yaya sits back in her lanesha watched from the porch as the paper bag spun wildly across the street like tumbleweed.
By having my students apply their knowledge of ninth ward, and analyze it from other angles, they are understanding choices the author made, and how it affects the overall structure of the book. Oct 07, 2012 the entire story of the apparitions of our lady of fatima and the angel 100th year anniversary duration. Traceys dad moved into an apartment, and her mom sent tracey and her little sister, lynette, to the ninth ward to live. Jewell parker rhodes is the author of ninth ward, winner of a coretta scott king honor, sugar, winner of the jane addams childrens book award, and the new york timesbestselling ghost boys. These bicycle tours of the lower ninth ward are like. Ginia page 54 in the book ninth ward, who is the popular girl who is.
Ginia page 54 in the book ninth ward, who is the popular girl who is always nice to lanesha and doesnt make fun of her. Hurricane katrina from the series turning points in u. Ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes overdrive rakuten. Have students pick a character any character will work. Everyone deserves to shine in this sparkling new book from the new york times. Ninth ward presents a dark but hopeful journey for young readers.
Ninth ward book trailer ninth ward character analysis should or shouldnt read the book lanesha the main character, lanesha, is a determined twelve year old girl. Have you ever had to dig deep to find courage you didnt know you had. On the south, the ninth ward is bounded by the mississippi river. Check out jewell parker rhodess interview at the brown bookshelf as part of 28 days later, a celebration of authors of color, and an interview at the happynappy bookseller. She has also written many awardwinning books for adults. Ninth ward is a deeply emotional story about transformation and a celebration of resilience, friendship, and family as only love can define it. Orphaned 12yearold lanesha lives with mama yaya, the midwife who birthed her, in new orleans ninth ward. Lanesha lives in the ninth ward with mama yaya, the woman whos raised her since birth, while the ghost of laneshas mother is the silent third resident of their home. Ninth ward is a celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional. Complete novel unit this unit contains everything you need to teach. While ninth ward graphically portrays the plight of those without means during katrina, its theme rests in the power a young womans hope, friendship and love. Their story is about love and survival in a tough part of town. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1, 2, or 3 months new customers receive 15% off your.
This lesson plan will help students summarize the story and analyze the authors use of historical events to shape the story as they read, ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes. The ninth ward or 9th ward is a distinctive region of new orleans, louisiana, which is located in the easternmost downriver portion of the city. Guided reading guide for ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes this guide includes an overview of the book, all daily lesson plans, chapter summaries, an online extension activity and for more reading book recommendations about the topic. The economic recession has been bad news for development all over the world, and its really not helping things down in new orleans. A revival like the one our city is going through is a beautiful sight to see, and as always we believe there is no better way to see anything than by bicycle, so we are proud to support our friend reecys company, ninth ward rebirth by bike for her katrina history and recovery tours. Some of my thoughts and ideas on ward activities here are some idea s of things we have done and i have not written all the info about it yet, or things i have been thinking about doing, i am sure some of you have done some of these things, if you you would like to share, how your activity went and would like to share it with others, please email me. Jewell parker rhodes invites readers to share a moving and memorable experience that so many victims of hurricane katrina had to endure. Ninth ward, a fictional tale told through the eyes of a child, will introduce readers to the storm and how it affected the neighborhood and the city of new orleans. Born with a caul, 12yearold lanesha can see and sometimes communicate with spirits, and her guardian, former midwife mama yaya, has dreams and visions that foretell the future. It will take you out of your reality and immerse you in a magical world with a rich and dynamic plot of crisis and. Lanesha is being raised by mama yaya, the midwife who delivered lanesha to a.
Charity listsyour hearts explore idea listsexplore showroomdiscovertake. Here is a complete comprehension guide for the book ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes. Ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes i just completed jewell parker rhodes latest book her first written for young people. Losing my edge, by lcd soundsystem hey everybody ill be brief. Twelveyearold lanesha lives in a tightknit community in new orleans ninth ward. In this vivid work of realistic fiction the ability to sense things beyond the physical world is simply part of the fabric of mama yayas and laneshas lives. Many of the activities included in this curriculum unit are supported by the. Jewell parker rhodes creates authentic conversations between characters whose names roll easily off the tongue. She lived in the ninth ward when hurricane katrina hit, she.
As the name implies, it is part of the 9th ward of new orleans. Themes which may be taught in conjunction with the novel include coping with. Each chapter of the novel study focuses on one or two chapters of ninth ward and is. See more ideas about relief society activities, ward christmas party and activities. Ninth ward comprehension questions and final project by. In the book, ninth ward, by jewell parker rhoades, lanesha is an orphan raised by mama yaya, an 82yearold midwife. When hurricane katrina struck new orleans in 2005, the ninth ward received the greatest damage. But what she does have is mama yaya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in. Find books like ninth ward from the worlds largest community of readers. The lower ninth ward is often thought of as the entire area within new orleans downriver of the industrial canal.
The entire story of the apparitions of our lady of fatima and the angel 100th year anniversary duration. In the book, the ninth ward, why did lanesha choose to cook chicken, bean, and rice to prepare for the storm. New orleans is still struggling, especially its hardhit lower ninth ward. Lanesha is bullied a lot at school, because of herfamily. Twelveyearold lanesha is a young girl living in the ninth ward of new orleans. The one true light in her life is her elderly but fiercely loving caretaker, mama yaya. Aug 16, 2010 jewell parker rhodes is the new york times bestselling and awardwinning author of ninth ward, a coretta scott king honor book, sugar, winner of the jane adams peace association book award, bayou magic, towers falling, and ghost boys. Sep 05, 2011 jewell parker rhodes invites readers to share a moving and memorable experience that so many victims of hurricane katrina had to endure. Jul 09, 2019 this book is among my top three childrens novel alongside esperanza rising and heidi. Ninth ward blues is an urban fiction novel written by janelle smith toussant. Nov 30, 2010 ninth ward is a quick read that glides along, guided by the consistent and valiant voice of lanesha. Those foods keep at room temperature longer before they will spoil, so if the electricity goes out, they will still have food to eat p.
See more ideas about book activities, book themes and literacy activities. She doesnt have a fancy house like her uptown family or lots of friends like the other kids on her street. This lesson will focus on a summary of the novel ninth ward. The 9th ward neighborhood was thrust into the nations. Ninth ward is a quick read that glides along, guided by the consistent and valiant voice of lanesha. It is geographically the largest of the 17 wards of new orleans. While ninth ward graphically portrays the plight of those without means during katrina, its theme rests in the power a young womans hope, friendship and.
Many residents were unable to leave their homes before the storm hit. Complete novel unit middle school reading, teaching. What evidence does coutu use to support her claim that improvisation requires resilience. Ninth ward resources childrens fiction by jewell parker rhodes. Traceys life changed dramatically when she was thirteen years old. History by judith bloom fraden and dennis brindell fraden. But what she does have is mama yaya, her fiercely loving caretaker, wise in the ways of the world and able to predict the future. The political implications of the storm are not discussed, but they could be explored further by an interested reader. Acclaimed novelist jewell parker rhodes is an american book award winner. If you are looking for a novel that lays blame about the devastation of new orleans ninth ward, this is not it. Jacksons the lottery allows students to track five elements setting, characters, plot, conflict, and theme. Jul, 2011 jewell parker rhodes creates authentic conversations between characters whose names roll easily off the tongue.
Lessons and ideas books and authors top teaching blog. Have you ever had to struggle in the face of immense odds, to save yourself and those you love. Jul 03, 2015 book trailer for ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes. I cant praise this book enough for its contribution to childrens literature and especially its depiction of the ninth ward and the cultural heritage of this new orleans neighborhood, as well as its historical portrayal of hurricane katrina. Now if youve tried to do a preschool seuss storytime, you know its not as easy as it sounds. Just some of my favorite hurricane titles practically paradise. Their exquisitely happy, though poor, life in the new orleans ninth ward is disrupted by news of a powerful storm approaching. From new york times bestselling and awardwinning author jewell parker rhodes comes a heartbreaking and uplifting tale of survival in the face of hurricane katrina twelveyearold lanesha lives in a tightknit community in new orleans ninth ward. I used as a reading in my literature class, but we made many connections to social studiescurrent eventsgeography so is a great unit for many courses. The dorothy canfield fisher childrens book award, master list. Ninth ward ninth ward audiobook, by jewell parker rhodes. And ninth ward is a coretta scott king honor book and 2010 cybils finalist. Ninth ward by jewell parker rhodes i just completed jewell parker rhodes latest bookher first written for young people.564 665 956 1080 1432 1512 1431 1116 762 825 308 1028 478 988 1093 492 398 1181 1508 313 16 934 338 894 661 487 591 849 790 283 201 289 217 137 681 1068 236 710