Session plan for interest level: 1, 2, 3, 4


During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities. The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family’s history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for the big move north to New York City, and even for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother.


Tutors will be able to share their own family history with the student and discuss the importance of items or mementos from their history. Students will learn how to read and create a family tree.

rope climbing

Book Information

This is the Rope
By Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulsen Books, ©2013

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