I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
|1.||Identify the story's events, characters, and themes.|
|2.||Identify, define, and explain the literary elements of foreshadowing and symbolism, as found in the story.|
There are strong themes running through this work that open the possibility for serious classroom discussion and activities centered around family problems, racial prejudice, class prejudice, friendship, peer pressure, grieving, and abuse. Students will find interesting aspects of the story in the characters, their relationships, and the developing plot. You can also use it to teach such literary elements as symbolism and irony, among others. Finally, you can connect many other curriculum areas to a study of this book. With I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, Jacqueline Woodson succeeds admirably in her goal to focus on those among us who are different. In doing so, she has created two strong, memorable female characters faced with some of the worst that life has to offer. Students reading this book will find it stimulating and memorable; with guidance and instruction, reading it will help them to become more socially aware and sensitive to the lives of others.