TEACHING GUIDE. NOTE TO TEACHERS Please click on the PDF link at the bottom of this page to download the Teacher's Guide. Learn More About If You. A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by National Ambassador for Children's Literature Jacqueline WoodsonJeremiah feels. If you come softly by Jacqueline Woodson; 6 editions; Subjects: African Americans, Family life, Fiction, Interracial dating, Schools, Juvenile.
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Read "If You Come Softly" by Jacqueline Woodson available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A lyrical story of star-crossed. If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he's in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Once again, Woodson (I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This) handles delicate, even explosive subject matter with.
When he first begins attending Percy, Jeremiah feels self conscious about his parents' fame, and therefore decides to withhold their identity from his peers. He sees his new school as an opportunity to be himself outside the shadow of his parents lives and mistakes.
Though Ellie does not feel out of place at Percy because of her race, she does feel alienated from her new peers because of socio-economic differences. Though her father is a doctor, many of her fellow students go to Percy on scholarship. All of Ellie's older siblings, however, have gone to public school, and Ellie is the first to have the opportunity to attend a prep school. She and Jeremiah connect because of their similar feelings of isolation at school, and the loneliness they also experience at home.
As an only child, Jeremiah lives in a large house with his often distant mother. Ellie's father is rarely home because of his time consuming job at the hospital, leaving Ellie often home alone with her mother.
After Ellie's mother abandons the family on two occasions, Ellie loses trust in her, constantly fearing her mother will leave again without notice. Though she has three siblings, they are all significantly older than her and live outside of New York. Ellie's closest relationship is with her sister Anne who lives in California. Their relationship cracks when Ellie tells Anne she is in love with a black boy.
Because of Anne's response, Ellie fears her parents will also condemn her growing closeness with Miah. As the novel progresses, Ellie and Miah spend increasing amounts of time with each other, both in and out of school.
Once I followed this man, walking so close behind him I could have been his daughter—but he never even looked over and noticed me. For two blocks I walked like that beside him.
It made me sad for him—that he could walk through this world without looking left or right. Who did he go home to? Would he remember me? Had he seen it too, whatever it was that I saw when we looked at each other? What was it? She pulled a chicken-covered with rosemary and lemon slices from the oven.
It had been going on like this for years. She refused to call me Ellie, so I refused to call her Mom. The yellow stained glass panes across the top of the windows buttered the room a soft gold—even now in the early evening with the rain coming down hard outside.
He'd always thought so. She wore her hair short, tied her hair up in pretty scarves. Tonight she was wearing an orange and yellow one, wrapped high like a turban. Her skin was dark like his and smooth. People said they had the same mouth—wide and soft.
And the same eyes. His eyes were light brown like hers and people were always asking them if they wore contact lenses. In February, it would be five years since she passed.
Jeremiah twirled the saltshaker absently wondering how long it took before you stopped missing someone. Yeah, over and over, his father had tried to explain it to him, and each time Jeremiah thought he finally understood. But then he'd come home some evening and find his mother sitting in front of the television in the empty living room and his heart would tighten inside his chest.
She looked lonely and lost sitting in the half-light. If that.
Would his life always be filled with "ifs"? He wasn't hungry anymore. Just tired. Tired of everything. Sometimes he wanted to scream—just stand in the middle of the street and holler. Think of it like seasons. You don't want to stay one way all your life and have moss grow under your toes.
It sounded like the whole world—pointing at him … and laughing. Imagine two babies born—one white, one black. Maybe their mothers shared the same hospital room and talked low—when all the excited visitors were gone and the hospital was heavy with sleep—about their futures.
Talked about their dreams for the babies, long after the two A. Make the ball yours. And the 1st time he felt a leather-based ball depart his arms and sail into the basket—a leather-based ball his father had given him for his 9th birthday.
How various it felt from the vinyl ones he had continuously recognized. And he remembered being older, operating alongside the sidewalk, feeling like he was once flying, and the ball, a vinyl one back, correct there beside him, flying beside him like they have been attached by way of a few invisible string.
And Little Ray had grinned, jumped up and down, and slapped Miah 5.
Yeah, Miah had acknowledged. AND abruptly it was once chilly and the total urban wrapped in a skinny layer of wind and rain. Early Saturday morning, Susan known as to say sorry back for now not making it domestic for Yom Kippur. I sat on the best of the steps, hearing Marion provide her a troublesome time.
Marion was once a professional on the guilt factor. Marion gave me a questioned glance. Does somebody inform me whatever approximately something.
I grew to become and glared at her.