Writing Your Story: Narrative Storytelling from the Heart: Examining How Identity is Reflected in Southern Children’s Literature Novel “The Watson’s Go To Birmingham”

Franchone Bey, English, West Charlotte High School

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


This unit will focus on how identity is reflected in southern children’s literature. Students will be able to identify how identity is reflected in southern children’s literature through critical analysis of children’s novels, short stories, folklore tales, poems, and children’s books. And students will also be introduced to the various types of folklore. Folklore is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as traditional customs, tales, sayings, dances, or art forms preserved among a people. In many families, traditions are passed down through the generations in many forms. After reading excerpts from the novel, The Watson’s Go To Birmingham, students will examine stories within their families. The objective is to take these stories and create a children’s storybook of their own that reflects that story. They will also have the opportunity to create other art forms as well including, song, dance, and visual art.