Project: Cry the Beloved Country Creative Writing Project

Teacher: Kael Moffat
School: Highland Park High School
Location: Topeka, Kansas USA
Start Date: 03/30/2009
End Date: 04/30/2009
Project Plan
Unique Requests of
Participating Mentors:

Mentors should have an interest in helping students develop written communication skills.


Students will read Alan Paton's novel Cry the Beloved Country and create a newspaper based on their reading and their understanding of the novel.


To be determined.



Grade Level:


Content Area:

Language Arts/Reading

Student Outcomes:

Students will create a newspaper to help them recall and synthesize their understanding of the novel Cry the Beloved Country.

Evaluation of
Student Outcomes:

Students will be evaluated based on their newspapers, as well as the correspondence with their mentors.

Teacher Role:

The teacher will facilitate communication between the students and mentors as well as curriculum planning, including providing mentors and students with appropriate background materials, i.e. readings on South African Apartheid. The teacher will furthermore evaluate student projects.

Mentor Role:

Mentors will help students make connections between the US Civil Rights movement and its South African equivalent; make suggestions or guide students towards possible resources for research on the race relations in South Africa and in the United States; be willing to participate in an interview with the students on their understanding or experience with racial issues. Mentors should also be prepared to give editorial suggestions on student writing.