Glory Be

Related Activities & Book Talk Teasers

Research important people of the Civil Rights movement: Martin L. King Jr., Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Ruby Bridges, The Little Rock Nine, etc. Students can also research less famous names. This information can be turned into a reference book for younger students. Here is a link to an idea from Discovery Education about creating a Children’s Encyclopedia of the Civil Rights Movement:

Discuss what segregation looked like in parts of the south. Discuss “Separate but Equal” laws based upon Plessy v. Ferguson. Use primary sources from the Library of Congress’s American Memories collection to show photographs of the time period:

Create a timeline of important events of the Civil Rights Movement. Use this interactive timeline from Teacher’s Domain to help:

Make a map of the routes taken by the Freedom Riders.

A complete unit of lessons on the Civil Rights Movement designed for grades 3-5 from PBS Teachers can be found here:

Listen to Elvis’s songs while looking at what his home in Tupelo, MS, looks like today with a virtual tour:

Kids can play their own version of Junk Poker. Here are some sites that teach basic poker skills:

Play Kick-the-Can like Glory and her friends. Learn how:

Book Talk Teasers 

Read all of chapter one.

Read chapter 3, p.16, beginning with, “You thirsty?” through the end of the chapter.

Read chapter 12, p.75, “Words buzzed around my head…” through the end of the chapter.

From Scholastic’s Glory Be Booktalk (
“There is just no way that the Hanging Moss Community Pool can be closed on the hottest day of the summer . . . especially since Gloriana June Hemphill has celebrated all of her birthdays there since she was little, and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. There is no way that her best friend, Frankie, can be mean to her over just talking to the new “Yankee” in town, even if Frankie is just listening to his hateful, good-for-nothing older brother, J.T. And there is no way that her sister, Jesslyn, can be completely ignoring her, not after the summers she spent teaching Glory how to double dutch and play junk poker under their father’s nose.  

But there are big changes coming to Mississippi in the Freedom Summer of 1964, and 12-year-old Glory is in the middle of them. In a town where racism divides nearly every part of everyday life into black and white, a small thing like drinking from the wrong water fountain can have big consequences. And Glory finds out that one little letter about segregation published in the town paper can bring about all kinds of unexpected changes.

Read Glory Be to read a story about an ordinary girl who decides to speak up for what she loves.”


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