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Sounder by William Armstrong, is a story of tenacity and growing up in a black sharecropper’s family. The activities below will work well with a reading or literature unit of this book.
Sounder is a compelling story. It’s about a boy and his trials and tribulations growing up in a poor and black sharecropper’s family. The story has courage, human dignity and love as its themes. Sounder is the name of the family dog.
About the Author:
William Armstrong was born in 1914 in Virginia. As an adult he married and had three children and lived in Connecticut in house that he built on Kimadee Hill. He lived to be 85 and died in 1999. The story Sounder came from remembered stories told to him by an African American man when he was young.