Skip to main content

Rent Party Jazz read by Viola Davis

Grade Level Grades 1-4
Resource Type Activity
Attributes
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

Share

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Pinterest
Share On LinkedIn
Email

About
Resources
Standards
Reviews

This story is set in New Orleans in the 1930s. Sonny and his mother are scraping by to pay their rent. Mama works in a fish canning factory, and Sonny works for the coal man before school each morning. When Mama loses her job, they no longer have enough money for the rent and fear that the landlord will turn them out. One day Sonny meets Smilin’ Jack, a jazz musician who is playing his trumpet in Jackson Square. Smilin’ Jack offers to play at a party at Sonny’s house to help raise money for the rent. The neighbors all come to sing and dance and before they leave, drop some coins in a bucket. Sonny learns how people can help one another “if they put their minds and hearts to it.”

Storyline Online's Rent Party Jazz is read by Viola Davis, written by William Miller and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb.

Resources

Files

RentPartyJazz_ATeachersGuide.pdf

Activity
February 13, 2020
0.9 MB
Log in or sign up to download resources.

RentPartyJazz_FamilyActivityGuide.pdf

Activity
October 1, 2020
1.0 MB
Log in or sign up to download resources.
Videos
Rent Party Jazz read by Viola Davis
Remote video URL

Standards

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Reviews

Write A Review!

Be the first to submit a review!

This resource appears in the following places