Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Self-Paced Teen Book Club

Jacqueline Woodson uses a collection of powerful poems written in free verse to tell the story of her family's migration from Ohio to South Carolina and to New York. While deeply personal, her tale also reflects the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North. Woodson taps into themes individual and collective about family, identity, and what it means to be "home."

How does a self-paced book club work?

A self-paced book club is a great option for digging deeper into a text and doing some activities to help with your understanding and analysis of the text and its themes.

Included in this class, you'll find the following:

  • A suggested reading schedule (broken into four weeks)
  • A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions for each week
  • Vocabulary activities
  • Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading
  • Rubrics for parents/guardians to give feedback on projects
  • Links to supplemental resources related to the text and its themes

The class was designed to take about a month to complete, but you can complete it at whatever pace works for you!

Supply List

  • A copy of the book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • A PDF reader
  • Video and audio capabilities on the device you use for class

Suggested Ages


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