The Glory Field

Madeline Dalziel
Kelly Duncan
Marilyn Chan

Table of Contents:
    • Walter Dean Myers
    • Journal Prompts
    • Lewis Family Tree
Section I
    • Section I Preview
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension Questions
    • Personal Timeline Project
    • Found Poem
    • Sample Found Poems
    • Conflict Worksheet
    • Writing: Letter Home
Section II
    • Section II Preview
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension Questions
    • Writing: Newspaper Article
    • American Music
Section III
    • Section III Preview
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension Questions
    • Goal Setting Assignment
    • Career Exploration
    • Sample Job Advertisements
    • The New Negro
    • Stereotype Poem
Section IV
    • Section IV Preview
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension Questions
    • Civil Rights Project
    • Cause and Effect Worksheet
Section V
    • Section V Preview
    • Vocabulary
    • Comprehension Questions
    • Cause and Effect Worksheet
    • Music Industry
    • Sensory Details
    • Writing: Sense Poem
    • Sample Sense Poems
Final Project
    • Response to Literature Essay
The Glory Field
African American history
family ties
inner strength
moral conflict
Focus Content Area:
English/Language Arts

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 This website explores the novel The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers.  The novel allows readers to travel through five different time periods, tracing the lives of the Lewis family from the time of slavery to the 1990’s. In each time period, a young member of the family faces a turning point in his or her life. We learn the hardships of life for African Americans during each time period and the strength of those who meet these challenges and gather strength from within.


Walter Dean Myers

Directions: Read the article on Walter Dean Myers and then answer the following questions in complete sentences.

Meet Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers was born in 1937 and grew up mostly in the    Harlem neighborhood of New York City. He moved there as a young child, after his mother’s death, to live with Herbert and Florence Dean, whom he calls his foster parents. The Harlem of Myer’s childhood was a close-knit community with a strong church presence, many artists, and an abundance of hard-working families. His foster mother taught him to read at the age of four, and soon he was reading the daily newspaper to her. "I sensed a connection between myself and the worlds I read about in book," said Myers. When he was ten- or eleven-years-old, he began to write fiction, filling up notebooks with his stories. Although Myers won several writing contests during high school, family members did not take his writing seriously because they did not consider writing to be a "real" job.

Myers’ teenage years, like those of the main characters in The Glory Field, contained an important turning point. He began to feel during high school that his career choices were defined not so much by his abilities as by his family’s finances and his race. He saw few opportunities for an African American male who was good at writing. As Myers faced this moment of compromise, he became angry. He left school to join the army, though years later he did complete college.

After the army, Myers worked at a series of jobs to keep a roof over his head. He married and had two children. He also committed himself to his writing career, writing every day and trying to get published. Myers got his big break in 1968 when his book Where Does the Day Go? won a contest for African American writers.

An encounter at a party was the next important turning point for the author. An editor who had enjoyed one of Myers’ short stories, but thought it was the opening of a novel, asked him how the story continued. Myers made it up right there at the party. That novel, Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff (1975), was the first of many young adult novels that have made Myers so popular. Many of Myers’ books have won awards, including Somewhere in the Darkness (1992) and Now Is Your Time!: The African American Struggle for Freedom (1991).

Most of Myers’ novels deal with the lives of African Americans living in cities, and many are set in the Harlem the author knows so well. Myers has tried to show the variety of people and experiences in these communities. Many of his novels, such as The Glory Field, address the tough problems of life. According to the author, "[W]hat I want to do with my writing is to make a connection--reach out and touch the lives of my characters and share them with my reader."

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1.    Describe the neighborhood that Myers grew up in.
2.    What important turning point occurred during Myers’ teenage years?
3.    What is the subject of most of Myers’ novels?
4.    What does Myers try to accomplish through his writing?

Walter Dean Myers Biography
Biography Questions

here to watch an interview with Walter Dean Myers on his writing process.

Journal Prompts

Section 1
You are at home sleeping peacefully when suddenly someone rips you from out of your cozy, warm bed and drags you into an airplane, ties you up and flies you across the world. You have no idea where you are going or what is happening. Describe your feelings. What would you be thinking? How would you react?

Section 2
Write about an incident in which you or someone you know took a stand against an injustice. Write what happened and explore how the incident made you feel and why you remember it.

Section 3
Think about an accomplishment in your life. How did you achieve whatever you were trying to accomplish? What steps did you take along the way and how did you feel after the achievement? (Example: winning an award, trying out for a sports team, getting an A on a test).

Section 4
Do you believe segregation and racism still exists in our society today? Provide evidence or examples to support your answer.

Section 5
When someone in your family has a problem, are other family members obligated to help that person out? What if that person does not want to be helped? What if the problem is the result of bad choices the family member has made?

Journal Prompts

Lewis Family Tree

The Glory Field traces the history of the Lewis family from the time of slavery until the 1990’s. As you move through each generation, you will be keeping track of the relationships between family members by filling in a family tree diagram. Be prepared to be tested on this information at the end of the unit.

Lewis Family Tree

Section I:

Section I Preview

Section I begins in 1753 when Muhammad Bilal is captured in Africa and transported to America on a slave ship, where he is then sold into slavery. Then the story shifts forward to 1864 where readers
experience the Civil War and slavery through the eyes of Lizzy, a young girl who has grown up under the conditions of slavery. She unexpectedly must risk her life and escape from her bondage during an incident which threatens the lives of people she loves. She avoids capture by finding shelter in a Union Army camp and joins the fight for the freedom of others.



You will learn the vocabulary words by completing this note chart in class.



Examples/Showing Sentences

bellowing, v.

To ______________ loudly in a _________ voice.

The boards on the slave ship creaked and groaned “like the bellowing of some dying beast.” (6)

“_____________________________!” my dad was ________________ from the bottom of the stairs as I was getting ready for school.

captive, adj.

Kept _________ in a place you are not allowed to ___________.

“He had never been trapped like this before; never had anything hold him captive.” (7)

In the book/movie _____________________, __________________

is held ___________by _________________.

shackles, n.

Pair of metal ___________ in a chain used to keep prisoners’ __________and ________ together.

“Sometimes, if he held his knees high, the shackles would not rub against the raw spots on his ankles.” (8)

All of the ____________________ had to wear shackles on the _________________ ship.

frantic, adj.



“Lem sucked at the water, bringing it into his mouth in short, frantic gasps.” (38).

My mom was _______________________ when she lost her ______________________ in the morning before work.

anxious, adj.

Very __________ about something.

“They walked briskly back, anxious to know what had happened.” (16).

Before the __________________ I was very ____________ about how well I would do.

Homework Questions:

  1. You hear bellowing coming from the vice principal’s office. What do you think is happening inside?
  2. If you were being held captive on a small island, what would you try to do?
  3. Who had to wear shackles in The Glory Field and why?
  4. You are a rock star back stage preparing for a concert and everyone around you is frantic, what might those frantic people be doing?
  5. Describe a time when you felt anxious and explain why you felt that way.
Sect 1 Vocabulary Worksheet

Comprehension Questions

Directions: The following questions should be answered in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper. They will be completed as we read in class and with at home reading assignments. Comprehension Questions will be collected at the end of each section of the novel.

1. Why does Lizzy find it hard to not look up while she is working in the fields? What is she looking for?
2. Why doesn’t Master Lewis allow Joshua and Neela to get married?
3. Why is Muhammad’s burial site the place where all newborn children are named? What does this show about the Lewis family?
4. What did Dolly’s husband wake up and say every morning? Why do you think he said this?
5. What excuse does Miss. Julia give to get Lizzy to come into the house with her? What does she really want her for?
6. What does Miss. Julia tell Lizzy she will do when the war is over?
7. Miss. Julia says that what separates the blacks from the whites is the fact that the whites have a mature mind because they can read. Do you think you have to be able to read to be smart or to get ahead in the world? Why or why not?
8. What happened in the past at the tree Lem is tied to?
9. Why does Lizzy go to see Lem?
10. What causes Mister Joe Haynes to stop beating Lizzy?
11. Why does Lizzy have to run away with Joshua and Lem?
12. What does Saran say is the only way to get your freedom once the whites take it from you?

Sect 1 Comprehension Questions

Personal Timeline Project

Part 1 – Planning Sheet

List three events that have occurred so far in your life, and then predict six personal events that could occur in your life over the next 100 years. Be creative and optimistic! List the events, year and your age at the time of the event in the chart below.

 Year  Age  Event
 I was born!                                                                
  Jan. 2010

Part 2 – Timeline Instructions
Show the events listed above on your timeline.
    * Label the timeline in intervals of 10 years, starting with the year 1990
    * Label each event on your timeline with a description of the event, the year and your age at the time of the event.
    * Include at least 5 illustrations (photos, pictures, clip-art or drawings) on your timeline. The illustrations should generally match your events.

You will be graded based on the three requirements listed above, the proper placement of events along the timeline, and the overall appearance of your project. Good luck and have fun predicting your future!

Personal Timeline Project Handout

Personal Timeline Rubric

Found Poem

A found poem is a collection of words of phrases borrowed from another text used to make poetry. You will be creating your own found poem from the first section of The Glory Field.

Directions:  Re-read the section titled “July 1753.” As you read pull out words or phrases that you think are interesting, descriptive, or poetic.

•    Your poem must include at least 5 phrases from the text.
•    You must also include at least 2 similes of your own. (Similes compare two things using like or as).
•    Your poem must have a title and an illustration.
•    It can be typed or written on computer paper.


Trapped (Title)

Shivers of pain (book)
Black faces strained upward (book)
Trapped like animals (simile)
Where are we going?
Creaking and groaning (book)
Piled tight like mortar and bricks (simile)
Beaten, bruised, and bloody (book)
When will this suffering end?
He prayed. (book)

Found Poem Handout
Found Poem Rubric

Sample Found Poems

The following poems were written by 8th grade students.

Sample Poem 1
Sample Poem 2
Sample Poem 3
Sample Poem 4

Conflict Worksheet

Internal Conflict: A struggle that takes place in a character’s mind. For example, a character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem. Sometimes, a character must deal with his or her own mixed feelings or emotions.

External Conflict: A struggle between a character and an outside force. The outside force may be another character. It may be the character and the community or it could be something physical like a force of nature. (Example: a storm).

Physical Journey: Where the character has traveled or moved to and from.

Emotional Journey: How the character has developed emotionally. What struggles they have had to overcome, what they have learned, and how they have changed because of their experiences.

Internal Conflicts

External Conflicts

Physical Journey

Emotional Journey




Sect 1 Conflict Worksheet

Writing: Letter Home

In the first two sections of the book, the two main characters are forced to leave home. What might Muhammad or Lizzy say to their family or friends about their journeys? How might they view the events that took them from home? In the voice of Muhammad or Lizzy, write a letter home describing your experiences, as well as your reactions to those experiences. Your letter should be one page long.

Letter Home Handout

Section II:

Section II Preview

Section II follows the life of Elijah Lewis, a young man, living at the turn of the century, when prejudice and racism were everyday obstacles for African Americans. Elijah asserts himself by asking for the same reward the white people demand when going to hunt for a missing blind boy who is lost in a terrible storm. He saves the boy, and raises the money needed to pay the taxes and save the Glory Field. This leads to resentment by several of the men in the town, and Elijah must leave his home to save his life.


You will learn the vocabulary words by completing this note chart in class.



Examples/Showing Sentences

treacherous, adj.

Extremely __________

because you cannot _______ the dangers.

“Beneath the roiling waters lay the sinister and treacherous sand banks.” (92).

During the storm, the driving conditions were ____________________ because you could not see _____________________________________________.

inhospitable, adj.

Not ___________ or ______________to visitors

Elijah and Abby paddled their boat into the inhospitable sea.

The ______________ old man threw ______________ at the children trying to trick-or-treat at his door.

deliberately, adv.

Done ______________

“The sheriff slowly, deliberately, withdrew the pistol from its protective wrapping.”

The child ___________________ ate the whole _______________ so there was none left for his sister.

recoil, v.

To move __________ suddenly

“The crackle and hiss of lightening overhead startled him, making him recoil as it arced across the open sky.” (100).

When walking alone in the forest, the sound of ____________________ made me ___________.

commotion, n.

Sudden ___________ activity

“A few men from down the beach came to see what the commotion was all about.” (105).

The neighbors could here the _________________ when the birthday boy arrived at the surprise party because everyone was ________________________.

Homework Questions:

1. Describe a treacherous journey to school in the middle of winter.
2. Your new friend invites you to spend the night, but by morning you are overwhelmed by how inhospitable his or her mother is. Describe what specifically made you come to this conclusion.
3. Someone deliberately spills hot chocolate on your tee-shirt. Should you be upset with this person? Why or why not?
4. During the middle of a science experiment your lab partner recoiled. What happened during the experiment that might make him react this way?
5. Describe something that might happen during homeroom to cause a commotion.

Section 2 Vocabulary Worksheet

Comprehension Questions

Directions: The following questions should be answered in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper. They will be completed as we read in class and with at home reading assignments. Comprehension Questions will be collected at the end of each section of the novel.

1. What land did the Lewis family acquire after the war between the North and South?
2. What do the blacks and whites have to learn after the war?
3. Who is Sukey?
4. How did Lem die and what did the Lewis family do with his body?
5. What type of music does Abby want to play on the guitar and why does Grandma Saran object to it?
6. What type of reward is Mr. Turner offering to the person who finds his son, David? Why does the offer change when Elijah and Abby offer to go search?
7. On the bottom of page 102, why does Elijah feel like an “absolute man” for the first time?
8. Who finds David on the island?
9. Why won’t Foster let go of David? How much of the rescue money does Sheriff Glover offer to give to Elijah?
10. What information does The Gazette give about the rescue?
11. What is “stuck money,” and why don’t most black people have it?
12. Why does Sheriff Glover come to the Glory Field?
13. What explanation does Grandpa Moses give for why Frank Petty and the other white men want to beat Elijah up?
14. Why does Grandpa Moses show Elijah the shackles? How are they part of the Lewis family history?
15. Why does Elijah have to sit on a crate in one of the boxcars on the train?

Sect 2 Comprehension Questions

Writing: Newspaper Article

*Your assignment is to write an article for the Johnson City Newspaper as an honest reporter in 1900 who wants to reveal the truth about what happened on the day David was rescued. Your article should be ONE page.


1) Title: All newspaper articles need a headline, so think of a catchy headline for your article. Look at the examples below:

•    Racist Reporting Discovered
•    Truth About Turner Rescue Finally Unveiled
•    Unsung Heroes Deserve Their Praise
•    Let There Be Truth

2) You should begin your article by introducing your topic. You are writing this article to reveal the truth about what happened on the day of David’s rescue. Remember, you want to catch the reader’s interest.

3) Next, you should provide an accurate account of what really happened on the day that David was saved from the island. (Use your planning sheet to help you).

You must also include at least two quotations in your article. The quotes can be from any characters in the book and they should be made up.  See the examples below:

•    David Turner: “I was so scared, I thought I was going to die, but then someone came to save me. He said his name was Elijah.”
•    Elijah: “I don’t care who they say saved David, as long as I get the reward money for my grandma’s taxes.”
•    Other characters you might quote:  Mr. Turner, Abby, Sherriff Glover, Grandma Saran, Goldie, etc.

4) You should conclude your article describing why Elijah and Abby deserve to be remembered as heroes.

5) Your final draft must include a picture and be typed or written in pen.

Newspaper Article Instructions
Newspaper Article Planning Sheet

American Music

African American had a great influence on American music as a whole. In this section of the novel Abby talks about a new style of fast paced music called Ragtime. Together we will read the article by Sharon Fabian on the development of American music from spirituals to jazz, and we will listen to audio versions of the music as read. As we listen, we will discuss how each style matches the historical time period it was developed in. (Links to songs can be found below the article).

American Music
By Sharon Fabian

American music, in most of its various forms, can be traced back to the music of the earliest African-Americans. Even though these Americans came here under the worst of circumstances, they still brought with them traditions, and developed new traditions of their own, that have grown into what is recognized around the world today as American music. Musicians, like other artists, are usually quick to give credit where credit is due. Just as a writer quotes his sources, a musician credits those musicians who inspired him. In the case of the early African-Americans, that is not always easy. Many of the slaves who brought musical traditions from Africa will never be known by name. No one wrote their history. Many of the slaves who sang work songs in the fields will never be known by name. No one wrote their history either. However, there is a lot that we do know.
The first well-recognized form of African-American music was spirituals. Spirituals are religious songs. They are songs that tell a story or express emotions. Spirituals have a strong rhythm. They are often sung by a group, sometimes with a leader who sings a line or two alone and a chorus that sings the refrain. Spirituals originated in the Southern United States. Spirituals sung by slaves often expressed the hope for freedom that was so important in their lives. Well know spirituals include "Go Down Moses," "Deep River," and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." After slavery ended, spirituals began to spread to other parts of the United States. Harry Thacker Burleigh was one of the first singers to perform spirituals on stage in a concert. Marian Anderson, well known for her classical singing, helped spirituals to gain a wider audience too. Spirituals influenced the development of another well-known form of American music - the blues.

The blues were a more individual style of music than spirituals. Blues were often sung solo, and sometimes they were accompanied by guitar music. As the name suggests, the blues were often about sadness and facing troubles. However, the blues could also be funny, positive, and even defiant. One blues singer, loved for her strong, beautiful voice, was Bessie Smith. Another early blues musician was W. C. Handy. Handy was not only a musician, he also wrote music, promoted concerts, and published blues songs. During the time that the blues were spreading across the country, another style of music was also quickly gaining in popularity. Ragtime was energetic music with a complicated, syncopated beat. Often played on the piano, ragtime was the latest and most sophisticated in American popular music. The best-known ragtime musician was probably Scott Joplin, who wrote many hit ragtime pieces for the piano including "Maple Leaf Rag."
Eventually, elements from all of these forms of music and more came back together. In their own kind of melting pot, African rhythms, slave work songs, spirituals, blues, ragtime, and other influences recombined to form the beginnings of that truly American art form - jazz. In the late 1800’s jazz was just beginning, but not long after the turn of the century, it would be the most popular American music. It would go on from there to worldwide popularity. Jazz would branch out into many forms, and it would influence future styles of American music.
Many musicians today credit earlier musicians such as Scott Joplin or Bessie Smith with inspiring their music. It’s a shame that they can’t also name the earliest African-Americans who really began the traditions that led to the American music of today.

Spirituals : "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", acappella choir
Blues : "Baby Won’t You Please Come Home", Bessie Smith
Ragtime : "Maple Leaf Rag", Scott Joplin
Jazz : "Minnie the Moocher", Cab Calloway

Discussion Questions:

1.   Why do you think music was a popular way for slaves to express themselves?
2.   How can the music we have listened to in class help us to understand African American history? Provide examples to explain your answer.
3.   What type of music do you listen to and why?
4.   100 years from now if someone were studying our society, what could they learn from the music we listen to?

American Music Article
Discussion Questions Powerpoint

Section III:

Section III Preview

Section III takes place in the 1930s and introduces the reader to Luvenia, a young woman who leaves home and decides to start a new life on her own, despite the hardships of the time. She dreams of going to college and attaining a career that she cares about, instead of doing what the white community says she “should” do.


You will learn the vocabulary words by completing this note chart in class.



Examples/Showing Sentences

intimidate, v.

To make someone __________, often by using ______________.

Luvenia is intimidated by Mrs. Deets and is not able to convince her write her a letter guaranteeing her job.

The basketball star tried to ________________ his opponents by saying ___________________________________ in a TV interview.

radicals, n.

Someone who wants thorough and _____________social and political ____________.

“She’s been listening to a lot of radicals who want to force the Negro on people.” (176).

During the 1930’s someone who believed _______________________________________________

____________________________ would be considered a radical.

distress, n.

A _______________of extreme sadness or _____________.

“Katie held her stomach and pretended to be in great distress, which almost made Luvenia laugh out loud.” (181).

Britney Spears fans were in __________________ when they heard that she had __________________________.

conscious, adj.

_______________ or realizing something.

 “‘I’ve been reading books on Mr. Locke on the New Negro,’” Luvenia said, conscious that she was rushing the words out.” (175).

Tommy was _________________ that he was flirting when he leaned over to Sara and said, "____________________


determination, n,

The quality of____________ to do something even when it is _______________.

Florenz Deets thinks that her father has the determination to do anything.

Obama’s ________________________ to bring about change was apparent when _________________________


Homework Questions:

1. Why might a new 6th grader feel intimidated by the 8th graders?
2. In the year 2009, what changes might someone who is considered a radical want to make?
3. Describe a situation in which you might feel great distress.
4. Is there ever an okay time to consciously break a law? If yes, then provide an example, if no, explain why.
5. Describe something that you are determined to do in your life and explain why.

Sect 3 Vocabulary Handout

Comprehension Questions

Directions: The following questions should be answered in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper. They will be completed as we read in class and with at home reading assignments. Comprehension Questions will be collected at the end of each section of the novel.

1. Why doesn’t Luvenia want to go to Curry with her family?
2. What might stand in the way of Luvenia getting into the University of Chicago, according to Miss. Etta?
3. Luvenia’s mother, Goldie, had always done the “right thing.” Do you think Luvenia is doing the right thing by trying to stay in Chicago? Why or why not?
4. Describe three differences between the two types of colored people in Chicago?
5. How is Luvenia’s view of working different than her father’s?
6. Describe how Luvenia’s choir enter the church?
7. Florenz says that “you cannot make people socially and politically equal by noisy rallies or those radical labor unions.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Defend your position.
8. What is Florenz referring to when she tells her father (Mr. Deets) that Luvenia is sick in “the family way”? Why does this upset Luvenia?
9. Why do you think Luvenia cannot imitate the lightness and humor in Florenz that she loves so much?
10. Why does Miss. Etta say, “a black woman losing a job ain’t no big thing!” What does this show about the time period?
11. How does Lizzy’s dream relate to the “New Negro” movement?
12. What comfort does a rent party provide to blacks that Florenz and Katie would not understand?

Sect 3 Comprehension Questions

Goal Setting Assignment

In the next section of the book, the main character, Luvenia is working hard to achieve her goals and dreams in Chicago. As you read this section you will discover the obstacles in her way and the difficult decisions she must make to attain her dreams.

In the chart below, list 3 of your life goals, what you need to do to achieve them and what possible obstacles might lie in your way.

Your Goals

Steps you will take to achieve your goal

Obstacles you may encounter





Now that you have explored your own goals, use the chart to track of three of Luvenia’s goals and obstacles as you read Section 3 of the novel.

Luvenia’s Goals

Steps she takes to achieve her goals

Obstacles that she encounters




Goal Setting Chart

Career Exploration

In Section III of the novel, Luvenia strives to achieve her career goals and goes through the process of searching for a job. In this section, students will get the opportunity to experience this process first hand by applying for a job at the company Ramtronics, Inc.

Tasks will include:

Sample Job Advertisements

The following sample job advertisements were created by 8th grade students:

The New Negro

In this lesson, we will be exploring the Harlem Renaissance and the birth of the "New Negro." We will begin by reading the article below as a class to find out what was going on in Harlem in the 1920’s, then we will be doing a more in depth exploration of two pieces of art created during this time period. The powerpoint presentation linked at the bottom is a way to introduce the two pieces we will be examining. The first is a poem by Langston Hughes called "I, Too, Sing America" and the second is a painting called "Aspiration" by Aaron Douglass.
In small groups, students will look at the two pieces together then discuss the questions that follow.

The Harlem Renaissance:
 Birth of the “New Negro”

Between the years of 1919 and 1926, large numbers of African Americans migrated from the rural Southern states to the industrialized metropolitan areas of the North. Cities, such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington D.C., became centers of African American life and culture as educational levels and economic success among African Americans rose to unprecedented levels.

Nowhere was this blossoming of Black American culture more evident than in Harlem during the 1920s. Sociologist Alain Locke wrote that "the Old Negro had long become more of a myth than a man", and that the "New Negro" was entering a "dynamic phase, the buoyancy from within compensating for whatever pressure there may be." Locke encouraged African Americans to maintain their unique culture, assert themselves in society, and participate in intellectual exchanges with other races. In this spirit, many Black intellectuals came to Harlem as it became a mecca for writers, artists, musicians, and activists.

W.E.B. Dubois published The Crisis, a widely distributed African American magazine funded by the NAACP. The Crisis often commented on the controversial views of Marcus Garvey, who was publishing a newspaper also, called Negro World. Harlem became the intellectual center of debate about the future of African American people.

Jazz was born during the Harlem Renaissance. It developed from its roots of Negro spiritual music and ragtime.  A musical called "Shuffle Along," written, produced, and performed by African Americans, became a huge Broadway hit. Actress Florence Mills became famous in this show. Other actors who were popular during these years were Charles Gilpin and Paul Robeson.

Artists flocked to Harlem as well. Some of the best known painters were William H. Johnson, who painted "Street Life, Harlem," shown at the top of this page; Palmer Hayeden, Lois Mailou Jones, Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Burra, and John Biggers.

The work of the African American writers of the Harlem Renaissance was perhaps the greatest legacy of this time period. The poetry of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen is just as fresh today as it was then. Other well-known poets were Angelina Grimke, Jean Toomer (who also wrote the novel Cane, 1923, examining the contrast between the "New Negro" and the lower class uneducated African American people of the time), Anne Spencer, James Weldon Johnson, Arna Bontemps and Jessie Redmon Fauset.

The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and early 1930s was the first time that music, art and literature of African Americans was widely noticed and adopted by non-Black America. The work of the talented writers, artists and other intellectuals of this era lives on as the foundation for present day African American culture and institutions, and has made an indelible imprint on the culture of all America.

The New Negro Power Point

The Harlem Renaissance
& The New Negro

I, Too, Sing America
by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

1. What is the message of this poem?
2. What is the author’s tone? (Ex: happy, sad, frustrated, etc.)
3. How do you think the poet wants his audience to feel when reading this poem?

Aaron Douglas Painting

1. Describe what you see happening in the Aaron Douglas painting.
2. Pick out two symbols in this painting and explain what they represent from the African American history we have studied.
3. If you could choose a title for this painting, what would it be and why?


1. Explain any connections you can find between the poem and the painting. Do they share a common theme?
2. How might poetry and paintings like these have inspired free- spirited young African Americans like Luvenia? What do you think Luvenia would think of these pieces of art?      

New Negro Packet
New Negro Powerpoint


Stereotype Poem

“Don’t’ Stereotype Me”

You will be creating a stereotype poem from the perspective of Luvenia in The Glory Field. Use the outline below to write your poem by filling in the blanks thinking about how Luvenia is stereotyped in the novel.

Just because I am ______________________
    I’m not ________________________
    I’m not ________________________
    I’m not ________________________
Just because I am ________________________
    I do not ________________________
    It doesn’t mean I ________________________
Just because I am ________________________
    I am not ________________________
    I’m still ________________________
Just because I am ________________________ - Don’t stereotype me.

My Own Stereotype Poem

Now that you have completed a Stereotype Poem for Luvenia, it is your turn to make your own poetic statement. Using the same format, reflect upon and state a characteristic of yours for which you are often misjudged or stereotyped.


Just because I am quiet
I’m not stupid
I’m not illiterate
I’m not rude.
Just because I am quiet
I do not dislike talkative people.
It doesn’t mean I do not want to be your friend.
Just because I am quiet
I am not different from you.
I’m still human.
I am not to be treated differently.
Just because I am quiet – Don’t stereotype me.

Title: ___________________________________

Just because I am ______________________
    I’m not ________________________
    I’m not ________________________
    I’m not ________________________
Just because I am ________________________
    I do not ________________________
    It doesn’t mean I ________________________
Just because I am ________________________
    I am not ________________________
    I’m still ________________________
Just because I am ________________________ - Don’t stereotype me.

Stereotype Packet

Section IV:

Section IV Preview

In Section IV the reader witnesses the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964. Tommy Lewis must decide between two contingencies. Should he not get involved in the movement around him and gain a scholarship to a “white” college or should he stand up for the civil rights that so many of his ancestors and family members have struggled to attain.


You will learn the vocabulary words by completing this note chart in class.



Examples/Showing Sentences

demonstration, n.

A _____________ event in which people ____________ or show ______________ of something.

“What we need – what black folks need – is education, not demonstrations.” (269)

At the anti-war demonstration people were seen carrying signs saying “__________________________________


integration, n.

Becoming part of a ___________ or society and being ________________ by them.

“The old school, which had become predominately black two years after integration, had been renamed.” (213)

Integration was difficult for the humans arriving on Mars because the Martians ___________________________________


winced, v.

To suddenly _________ your expression when you see, hear, feel, or remember something __________________.

During the basketball game when Tommy felt his opponent’s elbow in the back of his head, he winced.

Sara ______________ when she remembered being forced to eat ___________________________ during a game of truth or dare.

defiantly, adv.

Refusing to ___________ somebody

“Tommy had wanted to stand up and look him defiantly in the eyes, but his legs wouldn’t work.” (289).

The puppy ________________ stood in place when his owner ordered him to __________________________________


inadequate, adj.

Not __________ enough

Saying he learned something was inadequate, Tommy could not even begin to put into words what he learned that day.

An inadequate homework assignment is missing _________________________


Homework Questions:

1.     You are asked to create tee-shirts for a demonstration against school violence. What slogan and picture would you put on your tee-shirts?

2.   Are separate but equal facilities an example of integration? Why or why not?

3.   Why did your Ms. Dalziel wince when she got a paper cut?

4.   In Section 2, why would Frank Petty consider Elijah’s behavior defiant?

5.   Your mother tells you that you did an inadequate job of cleaning your room. What should you do?


Sect 4 Vocab Handout


Comprehension Questions

Directions: The following questions should be answered in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper. They will be completed as we read in class and with at home reading assignments. Comprehension Questions will be collected at the end of each section of the novel.

1. Why does Mr. Chase invite Tommy over for tea?
2. What do you notice about the gender roles on pages 216-217?
3. What does Mr. Chase propose that Tommy do? Do you think Tommy should listen to his advice? Why or why not?
4. Why do Tommy and Robert have to wait outside the hospital?
5. What segregation still exists where Tommy works?
6. List three incidents of segregation (or prejudice) in this section of the novel.
7. What does Mr. Chase warn Tommy to not get involved in and why?
8. Why can’t Reverend McKinnon call the march off? Do you think the march should be called off? Why or why not?
9.  What does Tommy dream about doing after college?
10. Why was Skeeter Jackson beat up?
11. What does Tommy say keeps blacks apart from whites and what are the “leftovers” he is referring to?
12. What are the two opposing forces pulling Tommy? What eventually pushes him over the edge?
13. What does Tommy do at the press conference? What is the significance of this act?
14. What are the consequences of Tommy’s actions at the press conference? Do you think he did the right thing? Why or why not?
15. At the end of the section, Bob Archer nods in approval at Tommy, and then goes back to looking down the road. What is the significance of the ending of this section? Why does Bob still watch the road?

Sect 4 Comprehension Questions

Civil Rights Project

Directions: In groups you will be presenting information to the class on one topic from the Civil Rights Movement. Use the following sheet to help you plan your Civil Rights Poster. Your goal is to include all key information from the article and to make it visually appealing. Every group member must participate in the creation of the poster and the presentation of the material.

1) What is your topic?  ________________________________

2) List the five most important facts about your topic.





3) Why is your topic important to the Civil Rights movement and why should it/they be remembered today?

4) Draw at least 2 pictures or symbols to represent your topic.

Articles on Poster Topics:

During presentations, you will be taking notes on the presentation note sheet. You will be able to use these notes on our Civil Rights Quiz.

Cause and Effect Worksheet

Two events are related as cause and effect when one event brings about the other. The event that happens first is the cause; the one that follows is the effect. Several key events in The Glory Field have more than one cause and bring about more than one effect. On the worksheet linked below you will be charting the causes and effects of the events listed in the diagram.


Sect 4 Cause & Effect Worksheet

Section V:

Section V Preview

 In Section V, we meet Malcolm, a young man living in Harlem in 1994. Malcolm helps to get his crack-addicted cousin to a Lewis family reunion which takes place as The Glory Field is harvested one last time before it is transformed into a resort. It is at this reunion that Malcolm learns of his family roots and takes pride in his heritage. He witnesses first-hand the effort that has been invested in The Glory Field and the strength of his family as they come together to help each other through times of triumph and tribulation. He sees them rally to his cousin’s aid. He meets his great uncle, Planter, a man who embodies the strength, humor, and pride of his family. In the epilogue, Planter dies and bequeaths to him the shackles that remind him of the struggles of the generations, the strength of family, and the strength that can be found from within.


You will learn the vocabulary words by completing this note chart in class.



Examples/Showing Sentences

conceal, v.

To ___________ something carefully.

The passenger made no effort to conceal the fact that he was talking about Malcom and Shep.

There was no _____________ing her cell phone when it starting ringing to the tune of _____________________________ in class.

miffed, adj.


“Deepak was a little miffed at his ending the call so soon, but Malcom knew he needed to get the place cleaned up.”

When Jessica was not chosen to be a contestant on _____________________, she was a little ______________.

swaggered, v.

To ___________ with exaggerated self-_________________.

“The kid swaggered away and Malcom suppressed a smile.”

The arrogant actor __________________ into the _________________, acting like he owned the place.

parched, adj.

Extremely ________; to be very ______________.

“Malcom sucked in as much air as he could, listening to it hiss past his parched lips.”

After three hours of ____________________

____________________________________ at the gym, I was ______________.

memorabilia, n.

Things you keep or _____________ because they relate to a _____________ person, event, or time.

The sheriff’s department was selling black memorabilia at their auction.

Elvis Presley ____________________ is very expensive because _________________


Homework Questions

1. You are a spy assigned to a very high profile secret mission, and it is crucial that no one recognizes you. Describe how you would conceal your identity.
2. Would you be miffed if someone cut in front of you in the cafeteria line? Why or why not?
3. What might happen during Large Group that would make you swagger to the front of the stage?
4. Describe a PE period that left you feeling parched.
5. Describe examples of your favorite band’s memorabilia that might be sold on Ebay.

Section 5 Vocab Handout

Comprehension Questions

Directions: The following questions should be answered in complete sentences on a separate piece of paper. They will be completed as we read in class and with at home reading assignments. Comprehension Questions will be collected at the end of each section of the novel.

1. How are Luvenia and Malcolm related and what has Luvenia accomplished in her life?
2. What does race have to do with music, according to Malcolm?
3. Write down three adjectives to describe Jenn Che Po and explain why you chose those adjectives.
4. How has Harlem changed since integration?
5. What comparison does Shep make between cassette tapes and the Lewis family.
6. Do you think it was a good idea for Malcolm to give Shep the money for the plane ticket? Why or why not? Explain what you would have done in his position.
7. In this section the narrator talks about the Lewis family reunions and their traditions. Describe a tradition that your family shares.
8. After a set back in their trip to Curry, Malcolm tells Shep, “We can either give up or keep trying. I don’t give up that easy.” Compare Malcolm’s determination to the determination of another character we have read about in this novel.
9. Describe the journey that Malcolm and Shep take from Harlem to Curry.
10. Write down the simile Planter uses to describe the feeling of freedom to the slaves on page 357.
11. Why does Planter spend $209 to buy back the chains that imprisoned Muhammad? Why does he feel his family should own them?
12. What will become of the Glory Field after the Lewis family brings in the last crop of sweet potatoes?
13. At the end of the section Luvenia says, “We can look forward, and we can look back, too.” (p. 368). How does this relate to the lay out of the novel as a whole?


14. At the end of the novel, Malcolm Lewis inherits the shackles that bound Muhammad Bilal. Do you think Planter made the right choice in deciding to entrust the shackles to Malcom? Why or why not?

15. “The weight of the shackles gave substance to all the people who had worn them, and who had triumphed in spite of them. They gave weight, even, to those who had been broken by them, or by the invisible shackles that had found them along the way.” (374).

Choose 2 characters and describe the invisible shackles placed on them.

Sect 5 Comprehension Questions

Cause and Effect Worksheet

In Section IV we explored the causes and effects of Tommy’s decision to shackle himself to the sheriff. In this section, we will be exploring the causes and effects of Shep attending the Lewis family reunion on Curry Island. Use the skills you learned in Section IV to help you complete the worksheet below.

Sect 5 Cause & Effect Worksheet

Music Industry

: In this section of the novel, Malcolm Lewis is a passionate musician who wants to break into the music industry. Read the article below on how to make it big in the music industry today and then answer the questions that follow.

Experts tell how to break into the music industry

So many people want to be a superstar. They want to sell millions of records, hear their songs on the radio, make videos and appear before 20,000 screaming fans every night.

You see the music hopefuls each week on "American Idol" and Missy Elliott’s "The Road To Stardom." Everyone feels he or she has the right stuff to be the next star of tomorrow.

While no one can tell you how to become a bona fide superstar in the uncertain world of showbiz, there are a few tips that might help you get your foot in the door.
JET talked to music industry executives and performers who offer a few solid pointers.

Mathew Knowles learned the music business while managing his first group, Destiny’s Child, who features his superstar singer/actress daughter Beyonce Knowles. Coming to the industry with 20 years of experience in corporate America, Knowles said that he took a class on the business of music and took some production courses to gain general knowledge.

"You’ve got to have passion, think out of the box and have basic fundamental business knowledge," explains Knowles, who is now president and CEO of Music World/Sanctuary Urban Holding Group, Inc. "You must have the ability to go to talk to people intelligently. You have to come with your own plan. Be prepared to spend time on artist development and not depend on the record label to do it."

Breaking into the music industry won’t guarantee riches overnight either. "On average it takes five years from the day you get a record deal to the day there is a financial reward," says Knowles. "So you’ve got to be prepared for that."
"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson is an award-winning producer, songwriter and musician. Working behind the scenes for more than 25 years, Jackson has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry (Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Celine Dion). Nicknamed "The Dawg," last year he penned the book Let’s See, Dawg, If You’ve Got What’s Up!, which reveals his secrets to making it big in the music industry (Hyperion, $14.95).

Jackson says that aspiring singers may consider themselves to be the "best," but they need "qualified" people to tell them where they really are in terms of development.

"Everyone fancies himself a shower singer," Jackson begins. "People sing in their ears. Some sing in choirs, and it’s ’Man, you can sing. Why don’t you get a deal?’ But how good are you compared to the competition? You have to be able to gauge that, work on that, practice."

He adds that aspiring performers must develop thick skin. "Look, the journey to get to anywhere near the top is really hard. In order to keep on that road, you have to have a pretty strong interior and exterior because some things are going to fall when you do that. If you focus on your career, other things in your life may fall apart."

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige recommends that aspiring artists know the business side of the industry. That means understanding recording contracts.
"Please make sure you read everything that comes in front of you," cautions Blige. "Read the fine print, get a lawyer, and go over it again and again. Pray over everything. Ask God to send you a lawyer. Be specific. Someone who’s going to go over every detail with you. Someone who wants you to have at the end of the day what the company does not want you to have."

Performer Redd has been touring as a backup singer with Ginuwine for seven years. He also has done back-up work with Dave Hollister, K-Ci and JoJo and the late Aaliyah.

Redd advises, "The music industry is a bold industry. In order to break into it, you must be bold and bring something fresh and new. That means you have to know how to promote yourself. You have to have the guts and boldness to go up to people in the industry and represent. You have to network. You have to keep your ear to the street to find out who is going to be where and make yourself available. If there’s a listening party for a new artist, you should try to be there. Never turn away anyone who has something to do with the industry, because you never know who might be the one who can really help you."

Redd, who also writes and is forming his own label, advises aspiring artists to look beyond the stage for success. "It is not meant for everybody to be a star, to be on television as the main attraction. You have millionaire songwriters you have never heard of. So think behind the scenes too."

The aspiring artists say that you should be prepared to do it yourself. If you haven’t been able to crack into the major record labels, start one yourself or find a small independent label. You might sign with a big label, but it could take years before the album is released.

Knowles believes that those who hope to break into the music industry should "pray, pray, pray, pray."

"This is a grind. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of discipline, and you have to be prepared for the bumps," he says. "There are going to be a lot of bumps in the road. You have to keep your head up. That’s when faith, integrity, and hard work are important. I always say that luck is when you do get that window of opportunity. You must be prepared. That is a key thing. When that opportunity exists and that window is open, you must be prepared for that moment."

1.    What is the main idea or topic of this article?
2.    Who do you think this article is intended for?
3.    Where might  you find an article like this printed?
4.    What advise does Mathew Knowles give about the music industry?
5.    According to Randy Jackson, why do aspiring performers need to have “thick skin”?
6.    Who is Redd, and what suggestions does he give for self-promotion?
7.    Pick out the top three pieces of advise that you find most valuable in this article

Music Industry Article
Music Industry Questions

Sensory Details

In Section 5 of the novel, the action occurs in several different settings.  One way that the author brings these settings to life is by using sensory details.  Your group will be assigned a setting and your task will be to pull out quotes and descriptions which allow the reader to imagine what it is like to see, hear, taste, touch, or feel what is being described.

Sensory Details Worksheet








Writing: Sense Poem

Sense poems are poems that describe a place using descriptive words that relate to the 5 senses. Here is an example of a sense poem.

Sage-covered desert
Freshness of morning
Scream of a hawk
Caress of the breeze
Dew of the wind
New day born

PART I: Follow these steps to write a sense poem from the perspective of Malcolm in The Glory Field:

1.    Setting from Section 5:  _______________________________________

2.    Using your Sensory Details worksheet to help you, complete the following sentences.

a)   I see ___________________________________________________________
b)   I smell ___________________________________________________________
c)    I hear ___________________________________________________________
d)    I feel ____________________________________________________________
e)   I taste ___________________________________________________________
f)    I think ___________________________________________________________

3.    Rewrite the poem without the sentence starters and articles (i.e. take out “I see”, “I smell”, “I hear”, etc.) and include a title.

Title: _________________________________

PART II:  Next, you will be writing your own sense poem about a place that is special to you. Follow the steps below:

4.    Think of a place that is special to you : _______________________________________
5.    Form an image in your mind of this place. Then complete the following statements about the place you have in mind.

a)   I see ____________________________________________________________
b)   I smell ___________________________________________________________
c)    I hear ___________________________________________________________
d)    I feel ____________________________________________________________
e)   I taste ___________________________________________________________
f)    I think ___________________________________________________________

6.    Rewrite your poem without the sentence starters and articles. (i.e. take out “I see”, “I smell”, “I hear”, etc.)  


7.    Write out or type a final draft of your poem with a title, picture on white computer paper.

Sense Poem Handout

Sample Sense Poems

The following Sense Poems were written by 8th grade students:

Sample Poem 1
Sample Poem 2
Sample Poem 3
Sample Poem 4

Final Project:

Response to Literature Essay