ALEX Lesson Plan


What are YOU made of? A study of the character of Roger from Langston Hughes' "Thank You, Ma'am"--Part 1 

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Author:Tiffany Bishop
System: Tuscaloosa City
School: Eastwood Middle School
The event this resource created for:CCRS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33109


What are YOU made of? A study of the character of Roger from Langston Hughes' "Thank You, Ma'am"--Part 1 


Students will analyze the character's motives, actions, thoughts, feelings, quotes, goals, desires, and other characters' opinions based on evidence within the text.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
1 ) Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. [RL.7.1]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.1- Answer who, what, when, where, and why questions of stories, using textual evidence for support.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
3 ) Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot). [RL.7.3]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.7.3- Identify the plot of a story including exposition, conflicts/rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; describe how the dynamic character changes throughout a story (beginning, middle, and end).

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

I can evaluate the actions, appearances, thoughts, feelings, quotes, motives, and desires of the characters revealed in the text.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

  • Chart paper
  • Post-it sticky notes
  • Markers/Sharpies
  • "Thank You Ma'am" text

Technology Resources Needed:

  • Laptop
  • Document camera
  • Projector


Students should have read the entire story of "Thank You Ma'am" prior to completing this lesson.


Before activity: Quick Write/Tweet (Twitter response)

1. On a sticky note, write Roger's name at the top. Create a hashtag list of everything that comes to mind, based on textual evidence, related to Roger. (Example:#willow-wild, #frail) You must create a list of at least 10 details.

2. Allow approximately 2 minutes to complete the before activity.

During Activity: Character Map/Illustration

1. In groups of four, using the chart paper and markers, create an illustration of Roger based on the textual evidence of the story.

2. Be sure to label each part in the appropriate part of the body.

Approximately 30-35 minutes

(see rubric)

After Activity: 3- 2 - 1

Approximately 5 minutes

1. On a sticky note, assess the following:

  • 3 details related to the character's actions
  • 2 quotes from the character
  • 1 motive for the character's actions

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Assessment Strategies

Before activity - related details of the character

During activity - illustration represents textual evidence of the character

After activity - 3-2-1 represents mastery of character's actions, motives, and quotes as demonstrated within the text.


Roger Wordle

  • Create a list of at least 25 words that are related to or describe Roger.

  • Type Roger’s name at least 10-15 times, so that it appears larger than the other words.

  • Highlight and copy your Word document.

  • Paste Word document into wordle.

  • Save final document.

  • Submit title of document to Mrs. Bishop.


Students that do not demonstrate mastery will be pulled into small groups to reassess the standard in the next class session.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.